15 Tips on How to Be Popular in School

How to be popular in school

Humans are social creatures by nature. This is why we sometimes subconsciously conduct some questionable actions, just so others will notice (don’t lie, we’ve all done it!).  This is especially true when we are at school, a time where our bodies are developing and the need to attract attention from person that we like, remains of vital importance. With that said, this leads to the age old question, how to be popular in school?

Middle school and high school can be really difficult for both boys and girls. It is the time where an individual goes through changes and there is a rush of all sorts of emotions. You start thinking about what others think of you, how are you shown to others and everything else. But, you should not let it affect you.

Popular Hollywood movies show all types of popularities that an individual can inherit. Some are popular for being nice, friendly and smart, while some become popular through hurting others (i.e. Bullies). So, it is best if you follow the path to be the ‘good’ popular person, the one that is loved, noticed and appreciated by others. As a result, this means you become someone who others actually look forward to hanging out with.

All you have to do is give good first impressions, get noticed and be the best version of yourself. It will be hard, but believe in yourself and you can achieve your goals. So, here I have collected some really cool tips on how to be popular in school and if you follow these tips, then your chances of becoming popular double!

How to be Popular in School: 15 Cool Tips

1. Get Noticed

How will you get popular if you are not noticeable? If people notice you, then they will try to be around you. But, you have to make a good impression. Being all grumpy and frowny is not going to help. Let the people around you feel comfortable and show that you are fun to be with and they will enjoy your company.

  • Smile when you walk down the hallway.
  • If you see your classmate, give a small wave, handshake or just a friendly smile.
  • When you are with your friends, make an effort and enjoy the their company.
  • Laugh at their jokes and make people laugh is a great way to make new friends.

Be friendly

2. Be Nice and Friendly

Mean Girls is just for the movies. Instead, be nice to the people around you. If you are shy and you are afraid to talk to people, then it will be very difficult for you to make friends. Nobody likes a rude or a mean person.

  • Be kind to everyone.
  • Talk to people and keep up the good attitude.
  • Respect everyone around you.
  • If you can help them, go ahead and help them.
  • Say ‘Hi’ to people you know when you see them.

3. Join Clubs and Teams

The best way to meet new people is through clubs or sports teams. You decide what you enjoy and join that team, make new friends, have fun and enjoy the workout. You will meet a variety of people with different skills and personalities. This is a great opportunity to do what you enjoy and make friends whilst doing so!

You will find a number of clubs in your school that you will enjoy. Don’t think of it as being nerdy to join these clubs as the people in it will tell you otherwise. To be cool and popular, it’s not necessary to be a part of the sports or cultural teams only. You can even join a club if you are not very interested in, because you might meet others who have interests that is aligned to yours in that club. Here, you will meet a large variety of people and pursue your interest at the same time.

oin Teams : How to be popular in school

4. Excel at something

Try to showcase your talents in school. Whether it is in sports, dance, music, maths or overall studies. People will notice you if you are good at something and they will like you and know you for who you are. There will always be people who criticize or laugh at what you are good at, but these people will not go far in life anyway and are definitely not worth your time to be friends with.

Excelling at something will make you feel good about yourself, feel more confident and it will surely help you in the future. If you have knowledge on something and have good grades, your schoolmates will treat you with respect. People will enjoy talking to you and will enjoy your company because of the knowledge and confidence you emit. Just remember to not boast about it and always be ready to learn and take on new experiences.

5. Be Confident

Anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Being slouchy and shy is not going you help you. If you walk around looking at the floor or you avoid eye contact then it shows that you are not confident. Once you master this skill, it will go very far in life. All the famous celebrities and business people have two things in common, money and confidence.

  • Maintain good posture.
  • Make eye contact with people when you walk or you talk to them.
  • Smile confidently and be happy.
  • Have a good body language.

Be confident

6. Meet new people and make friends

Meeting new people will increase your connectivity with others. If you want to be popular, you need to make more friends and meet new people. This way they will know about you and will definitely turn heads when you are present. You don’t have to stick to your group only and avoid anyone else around, feel free to go outside your social circle.

You don’t have to be best friends with everyone around, but you can surely be someone they can respect and go to for help. It will really help you in the school and also in the future. If you have friends around, you can always help them and they will do the same for you. You will always get to learn something from the people around you, as I once heard that if others have 1% more knowledge then you, then you have something to learn from them.

7. Maintain good hygiene

It is important to smell good, look clean and feel fresh. People will be turned off if you smell bad, have dirty teeth or your hair is not combed. Take care of yourself, invest time and efforts to make yourself feel good and maintain good hygiene. This does not mean you put loads of makeup on or wear the trendiest set of clothes. Here are a few tips:

  • Shower daily and use a good perfume or deodorant.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Wash your face whenever it’s sweaty or oily.
  • Shave your underarms regularly.

Maintain good hygiene

8. Learn to laugh at yourself

Nobody is perfect. Be comfortable with who you are. Everyone has their own weaknesses, but you must not feel insecure about it. If you accept your flaws and weaknesses, you will learn to laugh at yourself. This way people around you will know that you are not afraid of your weaknesses and you accept yourself for who you really are. They will also feel comfortable around you, knowing that you won’t judge their weakness as well.

This goes with mistakes and jokes as well. If you make a mistake, learn to laugh at it, rather than feeling embarrassed for days. It is very common to make jokes and tease your friends in a group because you don’t have to take everything seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself because this way, you’ll show them you are fun to be around.

9. Speak in Class

Speaking up in class is way better than being the person sitting in the corner quietly. You don’t have to be a know-it-all or a teacher’s pet. But, don’t forget to answer a few questions if you know the answers and ask when you don’t understand something. This way, your classmates will know about you, notice you and you will be a step closer to becoming popular in school.

How to be popular in school

10. Maintain Yourself

You don’t need much investment in maintaining yourself. There is no need for expensive and branded clothes or makeup, but you can surely put efforts into looking good. It is just a fact that people who dress good and maintain themselves will get more respect and attention than the one who wear unwashed smelly clothes and has a bad smell. Here are some tips that you can use:

  • Wear clean and wrinkle-free clothes.
  • Eat healthy food and drink lots of water.
  • Do yoga or exercise regularly.
  • Do a little makeup and wear clothes that fit you.

Yoga and fitness: How to be popular in school

11. Think and Decide

There are times when you have to have to decide what is good and bad for you as you may encounter some bad people. At the start, you might think that it’s really cool and it will make you more popular, but that is not the case. It will really affect your reputation in school and your future as well.

  • Surround yourself with good people and make good decisions.
  • Avoid bad behavior and bad company as they lead to bad decisions.
  • Do not break rules or sneak out.
  • It is okay to party, but you must be careful of how you act.
  • Don’t smoke or drink.

12. Listen and Show Interest in People

You should work on being social, but you should remember that everything is not about you. If you go on talking about yourself or make every conversation and plan just about you, then soon everyone would start finding you boring or irritating. People love talking to those who show interest in them and listen to what they have to say.

  • Ask appropriate questions to them and let them know you are genuinely listening.
  • Talk less and listen more.
  • Ask for their opinion.
  • You can ask them about their day or weekend plans.
  • If they look worried or sad, ask them the reason why. It is up to them to share or not, but you can surely ask as it will make them feel better.

listen to other people

Some Don’ts on how to be popular in school

13. Don’t Be Fake

Don’t try to be someone you are not. You don’t have to follow what others are doing if you don’t like it, because you do what you like. It’s okay if you have a unique taste in movies, music or books. Just because you want to impress the people around you, you don’t have to be fake in the process.

It is not worth changing yourself for people around you, because you should be loved for who you are. Feel free to voice your own opinion rather than saying what others want to hear. If you are fake, people will know eventually, causing you more trouble in your quest for popularity.

14. Don’t Bully People

How to be popular in school? Don’t Bully others. If you think that bullying others or making fun of them is going to make you popular then you have another thing coming. You must never harm anyone in any way, just for people to notice you. The only people you attract will be other bullies and going down this road will not end well for you, trust me. There is no need to be mean to others or put them down just because you need to be popular.

15. Don’t Try Too Hard

You should not try too hard to be friends with someone or to be a part of their group, if what you do makes you uncomfortable. Be true to yourself. Talk to people who are actually interested in talking, but don’t be annoying or show off. Let people know the true you.

So, I hope this article will help you in the right way on how to be popular in school. If you have any doubts don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below. Also, let me know if I missed some important points that you would like to add in the article.

Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.

How to be popular in school

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