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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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Making friends was so simple when you were a kid.
“Hey, want to be my friend?”
That afternoon, you’re calling their house phone, asking their parents if you “may please speak to” your new friend, and upon your newly found friend’s delighted greeting, you request that they come over and play. It was as easy as that!
But with age, you became a more complex person. Your “friend” criteria is far more in-depth than whether or not this person is of the appropriate age, not to mention your brutal honestly about seeking a friend probably won’t be as well received at eighteen as it was when you were eight.
So how do you branch out and meet people when you’re in a new environment? It might be easier than you think.
One of the greatest advantages you have being a college freshman looking to make friends is that everyone is in the same boat. Unlike starting a new job, or transferring high schools, you’re not the “new guy” trying to work your way into established cliques. There are hundreds, or even thousands of students (depending on the size of the college you’re attending), who are friendless-ly experiencing the nervousness of their first day. A little conversation with the person across the hall has never been so appreciated!
Having made my bed with light blue and yellow blankets, and having hung the last of the posters, I set forth on my first night as a college student to meet the other girls on my floor. I found almost everyone had their doors open–an inviting sign. Recognizing it would not have been appropriate to say, “want to be my friend,” I tried:
“Hi, I live down the hall in room 302. I just wanted to say hello!”
I probably met several dozen people that evening. While one or two girls, having just begun their unpacking, seemed busy and annoyed with the intrusion, almost everyone else was beyond friendly! One of my neighbors had the DVDs to my favorite TV show sitting on top of a box, and immediately, a conversation started. Another student, a theater major, was listening to her own performance of a song I also happened to have sung as a senior in high school. That began a discussion as well.
While my roommate thought I was nuts for opening myself up to strangers, the next day, I had someone to sit next to in class. I had a gym buddy. I had plans for breakfast. Further benefits came a few days later when I won the position of secretary of my residence hall. Unlike my opponent, the other girls in my dorm knew who I was. Most importantly, I had a reason to stay on campus the following weekend instead of driving the hour back home to see my old friends. I was beginning a life for myself on campus. By reaching out to your neighbors on your first day, you can too!
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If you’re like me, when one stress source closes, another window of stress opens. So, even though you are officially relieved from the anxiety that is begotten from the college search–assuming everyone reading this blog has been admitted to college and has decided where they’ll be heading–don’t get stressed out that you’re going to run out of things to stress out about. We have another stress factor for you: Your freshman roommate.
The freshman roommate can turn out to be a(n):
A. absolute nightmare
C. just a person you happen to share a tiny room with
Here are 4 ways to go about choosing your future freshman college roommate:
Rooming blind is for the adventurous. For those who yearn for the surprise and peril of the open sea! It’s also for anyone who is kind of apathetic about the whole thing.
Pro: You could be paired with someone who you wouldn’t meet otherwise and who could help expand your college world.
Con: You have no way of knowing what you’ll be getting in to.
2. A friend
Rooming with a friend is a risk, but not for risk-takers.
Pro: You’ll be living with someone you already know! Having a safety net could help you be more outgoing when making new friends.
Con: Moving from friends to college roommates is an underrated shift in the tectonic plates of friendship. You’ll suddenly be around each other 24/7. You could risk changing the friendship you have.
3. A friend of a friend
The friend of a friend roommate strategy is the perfect smoothie made from the blind roommate situation and friend roommate situation.
Pro: You have a friend in common, so you know a mutual friend thinks you’re both pretty rad and probably won’t steal things.
Con: If you both have a lot of the same mutual friends, your social circle might not expand the way you wanted it to in college.
4. Facebook or social networking site
For the person who wants to control the roommate issue as much as they can without going through friends.
Pro: You can handpick your college roommate by sifting through different options to find the person that you think you’d get along with while dwelling together.
Con: You might not get what you thought you signed up for.
Do you have any advice or thoughts on choosing a freshman college roommate? Leave a comment!
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