Going to a different college or university than your friends? If you want to survive these next 4 or more years, it’s going to be significantly easier to do so with a group you spend time with. Making the effort to find new friends isn’t easy, but you’re going to have to do so if you want to get by.
For those facing a new landscape, here are 5 tips to making new friends in university or college.
Go to Frosh, even if You Hate Events
Frosh festivals held by your school are the perfect opportunity to do something fun and completely unrelated to the academic nature of your program. Frosh events usually divide students according to their major, so everyone you’re divided with is probably going to be in the same uncomfortable situation as you, and you’ll have no choice but to talk to each other.
It Sounds Redundant, But Join a Group or Club
If there’s one thing academic institutions are good for, it’s their clubs and societies. Whether it’s dance, anime, or ethnic societies, there’s bound to be a club that’s catered to your interests. The best part about a club or society is that the people who joined it were in the same shoes that you were in. They may be in a different year or major, but they’ll share your interests in some shape or form, so sign up! Moreover, if there is no club that you like, you can always create your own. This display of initiative will also give you something to talk about at future job interviews!
Try Sitting Beside New People, But not in a Creepy Way
This might sound the most uncomfortable of all, but if you’re in first year, your 101 lectures are going to be filled with hundreds of people you don’t know – so make the best of it. Try sitting beside someone you don’t know and strike up a conversation. If they’re uncomfortable with strangers or seem to be a little less respondent to your efforts, try sitting somewhere else the following lecture. If people visibly want to be left alone, it’s probably best if you leave it that way. To each their own, right?
Ask Your Friends to Meet Their Friends
This is by far the easiest of all. Chances are you entered friends with at least one other person you know. Even if your current friend group is relatively small, tag along with your friends to a social event, to the gym, or a study group to meet who they know. They may be a different program, but it still helps to be able to meet with other people during your down time.
Participate in An Online Forum
If reaching out to people in a face-to-face situation isn’t your thing, there are still options at your disposal. Facebook groups, Reddit forums, chat groups on Kik, or even school hashtags are viable options to connect with other people online, and perhaps meet with them in person! Search for your school-designated forum page, and don’t be afraid to make your voice online in the digital realm!