Quiz: Finding Friends

If you’re nervous about meeting new people, focus on the thrill of the ride—finding great new friends.

Riding a bike can seem scary at first. You might hit a bump and wipe out. But think of the fun you’d miss if you never tried.

It’s the same with making friends. If you’re nervous about meeting new people, focus on the thrill of the ride—finding great new friends. You can start by looking for kids with common interests. Say hi to kids you see at school or in your neighborhood. Talk to them a few times. If they seem friendly, ask your parents to reach out to theirs, then invite them over for games. 

Widen your view of who to make friends with, too. It’s fun to meet people who open your eyes to new interests. And you can share your hobbies, too. Having diverse friends adds adventure as you ride through life.

 

How are your friend-making skills? Choose your answers, then add up your points.

 

1) I smile and say hi to new people I meet.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1
 

 

2) If someone invites me to hang out, I respond in a friendly way. If I can’t make it, I suggest another time.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

3) I look for clubs or service projects so I can meet new people and learn new things.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

4) I’m kind and helpful to everyone, even if they’re not my good friends.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

5) If I notice kids who look lonely or left out, I talk to them.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

6) I ask my friends to invite their other friends to hang out with us.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

7) When I meet new people, I remember to just be myself and not try to impress them.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1


 

8) I don’t make snap judgments about people based on their looks—I try to get to know who they really are.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

9) If a kid comes up to my group of friends, I invite him or her to join us.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

10) I go to school events, like carnivals and sporting events, and talk with other kids I see there.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

11) I watch for ways to be helpful to people, like holding a door open or explaining a hard math problem.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 

12) If someone declines an invitation to hang out, I don’t take it personally, and I’m still friendly to the person.

Often = 3 • Sometimes = 2 • Rarely = 1

 


36-29 points: You’re doing a great job of reaching out to friends. Your ride is going smoothly!

27-20 points: You’ve made a good start at finding friends. Try a tip from the quiz to keep gliding along.

19-12 points: You can pump up your friendship skills. Get things rolling by trying some tips from the quiz. 

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