How to Make Friends in College
Back in grade school, we created friendships over the simplest of things. If you shared your crayons or markers with anyone, suddenly you were best friends. In high school, most of the time you continued to go to school with the same people you started out kindergarten with, or made friends with people you saw every day in class.
However, when it comes time to start college, we have a chance to start fresh and forge new friendships. In a new environment where you don’t know anyone, this might be easier said than done. But another benefit of college is the fact that you are given so many opportunities to make the challenge of making new friends a little bit easier.
1. Join a student organization
If you were involved in high school, you’re in luck, because the number of organizations that you can join in college are endless. Join an organization that fits your interests where you can seek out others who enjoy the same passions and hobbies that you do.
2. Join Greek life
The joke about “paying for your friends” has some truth to it. Greek organizations introduce you to people with similar interests who, for many people, end up being lifelong friends. Greek events also ensure that you have a chance to meet other members of the community.
3. Play intramural sports
Sports are a great opportunity to meet new people because you can easily create a bond with your teammates. It’s also a great way to stay active and have fun playing a sport you enjoy.
4. Live in the dorms
Although many people have dorm horror stories, it’s not always so bad. You can potentially have a roommate that ends up being a great friend. Your neighbors across the hall could turn out to be friendly people. If you have communal areas, you’ll already be in close proximity to the residents on your floor, so you might as well get to know them.
5. Attend campus events
Most schools hold events such as concerts, guest speakers, or other fun events that allow you to meet new people on campus. Take advantage of these opportunities because, hey, even if you don’t meet your best friend you’ll at least have a chance to get free things, such as shirts and food.
6. Create study groups in your classes
You can kill two birds with one stone by creating study groups. You’ll have people to go to whenever you miss class or need notes and you’ll have friends you can call up if you need someone to hang out with.
7. Go to social events
Going to sporting events like football and basketball games are great ways to meet new people. What better way to get to know your peers and make friends than cheering on your college team?