One of the biggest concerns college freshmen have is where and how they can make friends on campus. It’s a legitimate concern, because let’s be honest: there’s a good chance you’ll know close to nobody at your new school, and starting a new circle can seem down right daunting! But making friends at college will happen faster and easier than you think! Here are the top four places you can start.
The first place you’re likely to make a few new friends is your residence hall. This makes sense, as you’ll be spending most of your time here, so the frequency in which you’ll be seeing the guys down the hall, or the girl next door, is quite high. The residence hall is also where the college experience begins. Before you head to your first class, and before you sit amongst an audience of other freshmen listening to speeches and words of wisdom from the president and other staff, you’ll be unpacking your bags at your new room and passing those who will be living around you. Introduce yourself. Greet others as they pass you in the hall. The first people you share your meals with are probably right here.
Joining clubs and other organizations on campus is one of the best ways to make friends because you already share an interest with everyone else there! Unlike the residence hall, where you’ll be amongst other freshmen and likely those of the same gender, groups on campus give you the opportunity to meet students of all ages, both male and female! Be sure to join at least one group when you start your college career!
The people you meet in your classes, especially the classes for your major, are very likely to become your friends. Not only will a like major give you a lot in common with one another, the different experiences that brought you to the same path will give you lots to talk about! Having friends in your major is also a benefit for when you miss a day, or were unable to get the last few bit of notes! While you’ll surely meet people by introducing yourself and Facebook-friending, you’ll find class friends often just happen naturally. With four years of college and all of you needing to take the same classes, the faces in your major will become a constant. It’s harder not to make friends with them!
You’ll be surprised how many people you’ll become acquainted with because they were friends of your friends! By attending social gatherings with groups of people, you’re likely to meet many new faces where a conversation can immediately begin on how you both know a particular person!
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