Classes lasted about 50 minutes, and then a bell would ring signaling the time for all students to move through the hallways to get to their next classes. Meeting so many new people, seeing hundreds of faces in the halls between classes, and trying to remember so many names seemed like an overwhelming situation to me. I decided that the best way for me to cope with all of it would be to just be as friendly as I could be, to be nice to everyone, and to take it one day at a time. As it turned out I totally loved high school and made many new friends and kept many old ones.
High School was just the first of many new situations in my life. Marriage, moving to new cities, divorce, beginning a career, and being transferred to different cities several times meant I had to meet new people, learn new faces and names, and establish new friendships while maintaining old ones.
If you are facing a new school, a new job, a new life in a new city or country, I suggest you do what I did on each of my first days and all subsequent ones.