Family & friends
I live in a small country town and at school there are only 10 girls in my year level who I’ve been friends with for most of my life. The boys don’t mix with us, so there isn’t much choice of who to hang out with. Recently I’ve had a big falling out with my bestie and we’ve agreed to stop being friends, and I can feel myself drifting away from the other girls. I find it hard to have good conversations with them due to having different interests, so I end up just going to the library to read at lunch. I know this is normal, but people always say to just make new friends, which I can’t do. I have the opportunity to start VCE next year at a school in another town with more people that I could make friends with, but it will be a big change and cost my parents a lot of money. I don’t know whether I should try and fix my old friendships or find other ones. What should I do?
Having a close set of friends is one of the greatest sources of wellbeing, and it is obviously much easier to find friends when you have a wider choice. Your parents are giving you the opportunity to do
Year 12 in a private school with a larger enrolment, and I would grab this chance to broaden your social circle instead of sitting in a library. Don’t give up on your old friendship group. People do change and it sounds as if you matured a bit earlier than them. But they will catch up in time, so don’t burn your bridges.