Hello everyone, today I have the fourth post in my Back to College series. We are already halfway through! Today’s post is a compilation of my 10 tips for making friends in college.
One of the most common fears going into Freshman Year is that you won’t make friends. That is incredibly unlikely. Making friends in college is extremely easy, as long as you are willing to do so.
So let’s get into the tips.
1.) Put yourself out there.
This is probably the piece of advice you’ll hear the most often, and for good reason! Simply going to events and talking to people will help you make friends with ease. If all you do is sit in your room, you’re not going to make any friends. So get out there and talk to people.
So where do you go?
2.) Orientation group.
At the beginning of your college experience, you will be put in a group of people (usually within your major) and your OLs (Orientation Leaders) will walk you through the ins and outs of your campus. During this time, you will have the chance to meet tons of people through bonding games and activities.
The best way to utilize this time is to go to the events. Some of them can be really weird but for the most part, they are a BLAST. Even if you don’t end up finding your best friend, you’ll meet some cool people and learn more about what to expect from college.
Typically during Orientation, you will also have an Involvement Fair where you have the chance to learn about all of the clubs and organizations on campus. Walk around and talk to some of the people at the booths. Join some clubs that seem interesting.
This is one of the best ways to meet people because you are already in a group of people who like similar things!
4.) Classes in general.
This has many parts but is how I made a lot of my friends in college, including two of my best friends (Hayley and Taylor wya). On the first day of Spanish 102, we talked to each other about the class and decided to sit together. This way when any projects or tests came around, we already had a group to get together and study. We ended up spending a ton of time together to prepare for the class which made us much closer.
My recommendation is to talk to people who look fun to be around. Sit by someone new and strike up a conversation. Everyone is just as nervous as you are and there is no harm in making the first move to talk.
If you walk into a class and see someone you recognize from your Orientation group, sit by them! You already have something to talk about and you can bond over another similarity. I sat by my future roommate, B, in my Philosophy class and we ended up so much closer.
If you see someone who is in more than one class with you talk to them or even walk with them. One of my best friends, Angelo, and I had two classes together back-to-back so we walked the same path every day. Eventually, we realized and decided to start walking together. Those extra 10 minutes helped us to form a great friendship overtime and gave us a person to ask questions to.
5.) Invite people to eat together.
Everyone has to eat so why not do it together?! If you have a class that ends at 12, invite someone you’ve been talking with to get lunch with you! You already have something to talk about and you won’t have to go to the cafeteria alone.
This also goes for when you’re in the cafeteria and you see someone eating alone. During the first few weeks of school, no one has a ton of friends so inviting someone to eat with you may help you make a friend quickly. They might say no, but at least they will think of you as a nice person.
6.) Join a sorority or fraternity.
As you know if you read through my Rockin’ Recruitment series, I loved the entire process. My recruitment was in the Spring so I had a full semester without my sorority but once I joined, my whole world changed.
The recruitment process can be a bit grueling but it is well worth it. You will end up in a place with people who think like you. It is basically a giant group of instantaneous friends who hang out together on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
I can’t recommend this enough.
7.) Go to your hall events.
In most dorms, your RA will host events for the residents of the hall. My RA had tons of events like yoga classes, ice cream parties, game nights and movie watch parties. While I didn’t go to all (most) of them, they were tons of fun when I did go!
Especially at the beginning of the year, it is important that you get to know the people you’re living next to. I met so many people through these events which really helped me when I needed a screwdriver, some study help or just a friend to hang out with!
8.) Be nice to people.
If you see someone you know walking around campus, say hi to them! Everyone is nervous and having someone say “hi” might make someone’s day and gain you a new pal!
This is so simple but will make a big difference in making a good impression with people. If you like someone’s makeup, compliment them. If you like their outfit, tell them. If you see someone who looks like a cool person, talk to them. By putting yourself out there and being nice, people will remember you for being a kind person.
9.) Invite people to do things with you.
If you need to workout, invite someone to come with you. Bonding over activities that are normally done in solidarity, will make for some great memories and inside jokes.
Here are some things you can invite people to do:
- Working out
- Doing laundry
- Watching the new Bachelor/ Bachelorette episode
- Grocery shopping
10.) Be yourself.
If you only take away one thing from this remember to be yourself. Regardless of who you are, what you like to do or who you like to be around, you will find people who are similar to you. There is no need to become friends with someone who does things you’re not comfortable with. If you’re not a partier, you don’t need to push yourself to go to parties. If you don’t like working out, you don’t need to make friends with people who do.
No matter what you do, stay true to who you are.
That concludes my fourth post in my Back to College series. I hope this helps you make some amazing friends.
What are your tips for making friends? Share them in the comments below to spread the friendship!
Lots of love,
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