Piper Peanut: on a new school, new way of learning, and new friends


Photo courtesy of: Sofia Leigh

Friendship is a life lesson on almost every kid’s show. At the end of an episode, you hear the old lesson of how the characters wouldn’t be able to succeed without their friends. A study done by the Swedish Survey of Living Conditions found that those who had less social ties were 50 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. This is possibly because stress is a major factor in heart disease. Friends can help people through a difficult time and be the helping hand one needs in an aura of worry. 

Making new friends in general can be difficult. You have to put yourself out there and you might feel as though everyone already has friends.  The process is even harder online.

“It’s hard to make friends when you don’t know what they look like, what they like to do. You can’t really talk during a Google Meet without interrupting teachers,” Solie Thress, ‘23, said.

Don’t worry though, because there are several ways you can make friends online. One of those ways is through auditioning for a play or signing up for a sport. You can make friends by chatting with someone who’s profile page shares similar interests. Trying to branch out and meet new people is the only way you will make friends. 

Being online, it might be difficult to know what to talk about and how to expand conversations. 

Here are some icebreakers from some of your upper classmates that you can use to break the ice.  

“What’s your favorite television show?” SENIOR Parth Patel said.

“What’s your favorite food?” SENIOR Caroline Yaeger said.

“What’s your favorite plant?” Lydia Mclane, ‘23, said.

Friends can help you through tough transitions such as this one. Think about all these things next time you see your classmates.