Dear American Girl,

I just found out that there’s a girl in my class who isn’t very nice to me. I’m scared that she will ruin the whole year. What should I do?
-Class anxiety

Here's your advice:

Try not to freak out yet. There’s a good chance that this girl has changed and will let you be. If she says something mean, stand up for yourself. I’m sorry that you’re starting off the school year feeling this way.
-Emma, age 10, Arkansas

Are you really anxious about this? Talk to a parent or your teacher about how you’re feeling. If this girl starts picking on you, don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it. You deserve to have a fun and safe school year.
-Phoebe, age 10, California

Do you think she’s a bully because she’s nervous or insecure? If you try to be nice to her, maybe she will be nice to you, too. If you don’t feel safe or you’re upset talk to someone you trust.
-Kaitlyn, age 11, California

Be friendly to her. It’s a new year—maybe she will be nicer this year. There’s always a chance that she’s changed. If she hasn’t changed and is not being nice to you, tell an adult.
-An American Girl fan

I was in a similar situation last year. The girl who used to pick on me grew up a lot over the summer. In fact, she’s nice to me now. I hope this happens to you, too.
-An American Girl fan

There’s a girl in my class who isn’t very nice to me. I do my best to ignore her. When she says something that makes me mad, I write it down in my journal. Writing down how I’m feeling really helps.
-Olivia, age 11, California

Talk to your close friends about how you’re feeling, and be there for each other if this girl isn’t nice.
-Kate, age 11, Connecticut

Do your best to give this girl a chance. She could be shy or scared about making friends. You could even talk to her about how you’re feeling.
-Ava, age 11, South Carolina

Focus on the new school year and your friends. If you’re feeling really worried about it, you could chat with your teacher before school starts. Just let your teacher know what’s going on.
-Anna, age 10, Pennsylvania

I know this is easier said than done, but try not to worry. You don’t want to spend time worrying about something that happen. There’s a good chance that you’ll have a great year.
-Erynn, age 10, Michigan

There’s a girl who wasn’t very nice to me at cheerleading. Over time she started to be nicer to me and we’re getting to be better friends. You never know—this girl might start being nicer to you now that you’re in the same class.
-Svetlana, age 8, New York

You could try to start the school year out right by inviting her to sit by you at lunch. Clearing the air right away might help. Maybe she’s sad about something and doesn’t know how to deal with it.
-Kendallyn, age 9, New York

Stick with your friends and talk to a parent or teacher if she starts to bully you. I’m sorry you’re feeling like this.
-EJ, age 10, Indiana

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