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I'm new in school and my classmates make fun of my accent and the way I dress.

Question:

My dad got transferred from Chennai to Ahmedabad and I hate it here. My classmates make fun of my accent and the way I dress. I miss my friends and school, and can’t make new friends here. Should I change the way I dress and my accent to fit in?

Teentalker , 13-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

That certainly is a challenging situation! I can imagine that you are feeling hurt and alone and aren’t sure how to adapt to your new school.Here are a few active steps you can take to help yourself:

In Brief:

  • Laugh along with your bully at yourself; throw them off-guard!
  • Maintain your peace
  • Connect with a new somebody
  • Change focus to what you’re good at  

Read on to understand how you can do the above.

First, I don’t think that you should chan.....

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