Although much of school life is about putting on a front, it is also important to make true friendships. School is a dull, trying affair, and if you attempt to face down cruel older girls, annoying shrimps and bothersome popular rivals alone you will be doomed to failure. Find someone who shares your interests, who thinks you amusing and who does not mind spending time with you. I used to think it was best to have a friend who agreed to everything you said and remained quiet the rest of the time, but I must admit I have come to almost enjoy my own friend Hazel’s newfound boldness. She does not always agree with me, these days, and even comes up with her own ideas, and although I would never have expected it, I find myself… well, fonder of her than ever. She has become someone who is enormous fun to be around – although do not tell her I said that.