High school can be a difficult time for many young people. They are dealing with puberty and hormones as well as growth spurts and acne. Many kids feel that they are being left out and others have the confidence that they take with them into adulthood. Being popular is very important to most high school students because they do not want to be left out of the loop.
There is also a fear of being targeting as an unpopular person as this can lead to teasing or other types of bullying that can be very hurtful when it is constant. This is even more so for those shy students who do not have many social skills that can help them. One way for these sky kids to come out of their shell is to play sports. There are other ways to be popular as well.
• Develop Communication Skills – This can be hard for the shy person, but it is vital to be able to communicate and interact with others effectively if popularity is wanted. Moving out of the comfort zone can be scary at first and many may feel that they are being fake but at the end of the day, the underlying personality is still there. The main thing to remember is not to change the personality and act like someone else, but to be themselves while becoming more outgoing. Playing a sport is one way to break out of a shell because there is communication with people that are unknown.
• Do Not Overdo It – While breaking out of a comfort zone, it is vital not to go over the top. There is no reason to say hello to each and every person and to be “on” all the time. Be friendly without being aggressive. The best part of playing a sport is that there is a great deal of camaraderie and being friendly without overdoing it possible in this setting. Just make sure the sport is one that includes many people in order to become friends with them. It is never possible for everyone to like a student, but if the majority does, the hard work is done.
It does not always take playing a sport to be popular in high school, but it can help when a student needs to find a way to break out of being shy. Simply being friendly and developing communication skills can be enough to chance a high school social status.