When you first enter college, trying to make friends can be intimidating, regardless of your living situation or your placement on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. However, it doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking so here’s some tips to ensure making friends in college is a breeze.
Go to campus events (especially during New Student Week)
Going to campus events is one of the best ways to meet people and make friends! A perfect time for attending campus events is during New Student Week, where you’ll have plenty of time to meet students just like you, and the events during this week tend to be extremely fun.
Want to check out what else is going on around campus throughout the year? Visit our campus event calendar.
Get to know people in your residence hall
If you’re living on campus, another great way to meet people in college is by getting to know the people in your residence hall. You’ll be living with these individuals for the entire year, so it’s important to get to know them. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to best friends with these individuals, but it is extremely important to remain civil. Your RA (resident assistant) will likely inform you of hall-specific events, which you should consider going to. There’s a chance that the friends you make in your residence hall (and throughout college) may be friends for life!
It’s okay if you don’t become best friends with your roommate
A lot of people enter college with the expectation that their roommate will become their best friend. If this doesn’t happen, students can find themselves disappointed. It’s okay if your roommate doesn’t become a close friend. You’ll be surprised how little time you’ll spend actually within your room. You’ll meet friends in college in a variety of ways, so try not to limit yourself to only your roommate or those who live nearby.
But, it’s important to be on good terms with your roommate so your living environment is safe and comfortable. We’ll have a video to send your way soon with some tips from an RA of how to get to know your roommate and dealing with conflict.
Talk to your classmates
One of the best ways to meet people and make friends is speaking with people in your classes. These are the people you’ll be seeing twice a week for ten weeks, and since you share a class, it will be easy to collaborate on projects or study with. Likewise, you already have something in common with the students within the class, so starting a conversation is much easier.