Whether you go to a small minor-league academy, a private school or a huge university, college could be really intimidating to most freshmen. Making friends in a different milieu can be engulfing, particularly for those from rural areas or slow-paced towns that lack mobility and change. Though with just a cheap attempt, you’ll be chilling out with people you least expect you’d chance on. First things first, talk to people. Ask your classmates about your lessons. Canteen food, professors or forthcoming school affairs are good topics for small-talk. Read on for more tips.
- Join clubs, bands, groups or organizations. This is a great and comfortable setting to personally meet and get to know people. Similar interests are a good foundation to start a friendship.
- Involve yourself in sports or other activities. Sports are an effective mode of meeting people for it leads you to a common goal. Lots of time will be spent for practice which cultivates teamwork and your team then becomes your campus family. For the non-athletic, take part on art or music related groups or whichever assembly you feel you can easily identify with.
- Attend events or parties. Nothing beats the camaraderie built through a good football game. Concerts, art shows, dances, and other on-campus happenings. Parties on the other hand may initially be a little daunting considering the loud music, drunken seniors, etc., but you will blend in ultimately. College is about having a fun in the course of finishing a degree, so go enjoy!
- Homework does not necessarily need to be done in your students’ flat or dorm rooms. Dorms today expectedly have lounge areas or lobbies where you can work. The campus has numerous other common areas which are just as work-conducive as that in the dorms.
- Get hired! Acquiring a job as a bookstore clerk or faculty assistant will let you to develop familiarity with fellow students you work with who could befriend and bring you more friends as well. You can apply the same method out of campus.
- Electives, especially the ones that are laboratory based, are another smart idea in making new friends. Hence, sign up for electives!
- At this day and age, everyone’s connected on the internet. You can go on social networking sites and randomly add some people in your school. Most of them won’t care and it would be a good place to start connecting with people.
Just always remember to be approachable and compassionate. Be nice to other people and keep in mind, that small gestures like assisting another student with homework and the like will help you go a long way in gaining friends.