I'm struggling with a sentence which some helpful critiques flagged in my WIP - great sentiments, clumsy phrasing. In that typical way, it reads totally clear to me :-D
The context: the protag has recently changed school, this is about her fifth day, and she's in the playground at breaktime trying to find someone to click with.
Class is easier when you’re new: you hate the work, but at least you feel safe.
It might be the word 'class' that's confusing? I wondered if 'class time' makes it clear enough, though it still doesn't run right.
Any suggestions? I'd like to keep it succinct.