High school is one of the most difficult places through which to maneuver. Not physically maneuver, that’s easy — at least once you’ve found your homeroom — but navigating the social labyrinths of high school can be grueling. Teenagers who are still trying to figure out their own identities may be judgmental of others; cliques are notoriously tricky; and there’s an awful lot of pressure to fit in, but also, simultaneously, to stand out as an individual. No doubt many of the problems that high school kids face will not matter in a year or two, but missing out on friendships and social activities can be heartbreaking for a teenager. Here are a few tips to break through some of the boundaries and actually build strong friendships when you’re young. Be Conscious of Your Look People actually decide if you’re a trustworthy person or not in a tenth of a second. That means before you even speak, some people might already think you can’t be trusted. And kids, in particular, make snap judgments about others based on their clothes. If you wear all black, you’re a goth or emo; if you favor button-down shirts and neatly pressed khakis, some folks will call you preppy or even dorky. Skateboarders like to shop Supreme clothing online, but many of these items are more versatile than you might imagine. Supreme hats, Supreme backpacks and other accessories can help you gain street cred with the skater crowd but will also be the envy of other social groups. Be Nice to People Even if You Don’t Like Them It’s important to know that everyone in your high school — and in the wider world — is struggling with the same issues you are. Problems with parents or siblings, the pressure to get good grades, uncertainty about the future, insecurity about your own looks…the list goes on and on. Although it’s tempting at times to be snarky towards others, resist the temptation. This is especially hard, and especially important, when a classmate is acting like a jerk towards you — be the bigger person and treat everyone with kindness. If you do, you’ll find that the right friendships will gravitate toward you. Actually Have a Conversation You know that guy next to you in algebra? The one whose style is totally different from yours? Try striking up a conversation with him. Again, you’ll probably find that you have a lot in common — if nothing else, maybe you both struggle with algebra. Older folks always say teens are too obsessed with their cell phones, and they might have a point. After all, you’re not going to know if you like someone or not based on how many Snapchat friends they have. Don’t just judge people based on their digital life — talk to them and you may well make a friend. If you want to shop Supreme clothing online check out Supreme LA today!