Entering college for the first time can be intimidating. The friends you spent the last several years with are off at colleges all over the place. You are faced with the option of making new friends or spending your college career in social isolation. Nobody wants to be in social isolation but at the same time making new friends is hard. The tips in this article will help you make friends at college easier.
Chances are your college has offices designed to stimulate student life. Offices like Campus Activities and Residence Life help to create an exciting campus by sponsoring all sorts of events. Going to these events is a great way to meet your peers and make friends. For example I went to Notre Dame College (NDC) of Ohio and on move-in weekend they always have “Welcome Weekend”, a weekend filled with various activities. My first “Welcome Weekend” is where I met most of my college friends.
Everybody has to eat, making your college campus’s dining hall a great place to make new friends. If you are uncomfortable going up to a group of people and asking if you can sit with them, find somebody sitting by themselves and sit with him or her. They are likely to be sitting by themselves because they don’t know anyone yet. Make conversation to see if you have anything in common. Start by asking where they are from, what high school they went to, what their major is, and what classes they are taking. Let the direction of the conversation lead you in trying to establish your new friendship.
Every college student has to attend class which makes class a perfect place to meet new friends. Talk to your classmates before and after class. Having the same class already gives you something in common to talk about. You can talk about how much you like or dislike the professor, the paper due next week, or how you did on the big test. You would be surprised at how many new friends you can make just by conversing with your classmates.
Perhaps the best way to meet new people and make friends is to get involved at your college. Joining student clubs or organizations can lead to friendships you otherwise wouldn’t develop. For example in my four years of college I was a part of NDC’s student newspaper. Being a part of the newspaper made me interact with people I otherwise would never had interacted with. My involvement with my college’s student newspaper sparked friendships which I still have today.