October 23, 2013 David Morin

How to Make Friends in College

University is a great time to make new friendships that can last for the rest of your life. Making new friends at college is easier because so many people share the new environment with you and you are more likely to meet others that share your interests. To make friends, here are a few tips to help you.

During your freshman year, it may take some time for you to adjust to your new surroundings.  However, what’s important to note is that you are not alone in this feeling. This can give you confidence in knowing that you share the same anxieties and excitement as your fellow students.

To make friends, it’s ideal that you participate in campus activities before classes begin. Many universities offer welcome weeks for freshmen, where you can participate in a wide range of activities and meet others in the process. With this in mind, it’s important that you know what events your college has before class begins and go to several of them.

When you go to new events, take the initiative to introduce yourself to others. While this will make you step out of your comfort zone, it’s important that you make the effort to connect with others when you go to events.

If you live in the dorm, take advantage of any activities they may hold. Your resident advisor may also hold a meeting with your floor where you will get to know more about your roommates and those living close to you. Once you meet, plan to attend events together that way you can start to build a connection.

If you go to community college, this may be a little more difficult because you don’t live on campus. Still, there are many student groups and activities that colleges offer that will give you the opportunity to connect with others that share similar interests. One of the best ways to do this is to find the student’s activity page on your university’s website and attend several groups that peak your interest.

Once classes begin, this will give you another way to meet new friends. This is particularly the case when you begin taking core classes for your major since many of these students are ones you may see in other classes. Many of your classes may also give you the chance to work in groups, which is a great way to forge new friendships.

It’s also imperative that you find balance. When you get into the groove of classes be sure to make time to attend clubs, events or gatherings. While it’s imperative that you work hard on your academics, be sure to account for a social life too.

After your first year, it’s important to keep in touch with friends over the summer. If you live close, try to meet regularly throughout the summer or at least keep in contact via email, Facebook or phone. This will help you continue to keep the friendship going during your sophomore year.

Ultimately, college is a great time for you to discover new interests and meet wonderful people in the process. Since everyone is in the same boat, this provides you with an excellent opportunity to find new friends and develop friendships that last a lifetime.

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