Naomi and Shannon were best friends since the fifth grade. Then they started high school. Shannon liked to write so she joined the newspaper staff as a freshman. Naomi was happy for Shannon, but then Shannon got really busy, covering school athletic events and hanging out with other students on the staff. Naomi understood, but she noticed that even when Shannon wasn't busy, she didn't make an effort to see Naomi. They were no longer friends. Has this happened to you? Drifting apart from friends is hard, no matter who's doing the drifting. So it's normal to feel upset. Here are some things you can do when you and your best friend are no longer friends: No Longer Friends Tip: If your best friend pulls away, don't chase after her Just get busy yourself. Now's the time to think about Try out for the school play, or join a school sports club. There are tons of things to do and tons of people to meet. interests, and start new activities. your No Longer Friends Tip: Make the extra effort If you spent every waking moment with your best friend, your classmates might think you're not interested in them. This means you might have to get the friendship ball rolling. What about that girl whose locker is next to yours who always says something funny, or the girl in your English class who likes the same books you do, or your lab partner? Just look around. The possibilities for new friendships are endless!
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