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 3 Places To Find Friends on Campus

October 11, 2017

Finding friends on campus can be hard, especially your freshman year.

 

Going from high school (where you’ve known your friends for several years) to college (where you probably know absolutely no one) can be difficult.

 

Here are three places that you can discover some awesome people.

 

1. Residence halls

 Your roommates are probably the very first friends you’ll make at college. Lots of schools have a form you’ll fill out your first year to match you with a roommate with similar interests. I’m still close friends with both of my roommates from freshman year. If you don’t click with your roommate though, that’s ok! Maybe there’s someone down the hall who is really cool. If you share a bathroom with another room, ask your suitemates to grab dinner with you. Your RA or other leaders on your hall are really awesome people, too. Don’t be afraid to hang out with them just because they’re upperclassmen. If you live in an apartment, walk across the hall and ask the next apartment over for dinner. There are so many opportunities to meet people right in your housing on campus.

 

2. Classrooms

Once you get into a rhythm with your classes, you’ll realize that there will be a group of people in your major that started around the same time as you. You will have a lot of classes with these people, so you might as well make friends with them. I have a group message on my phone called “History Squad” of friends that I made my freshman year in History 101, and we’ve stayed close even since graduating. Being around these people for classes so often makes it easy to become friends. Or maybe there’s this one person that showed up in all of your freshman general education courses. Sit down and say hi. Perhaps the teaching assistant for your class has the same favorite movie as you. Strike up a conversation. Or maybe you have classes in this one building a lot, and you pass the same person on the way to class every morning. Smile in the hallway, and ask them to grab coffee with you on a break. One time I befriended someone because we usually sat in the same area in the library to study. After several weeks of just smiling at each other and continuing to study, he came over and asked what my major was, and what the paper I was working on was about.

3. Social settings

You’ll meet people outside of your dorm and class in college. Do you play a sport? Befriend your teammates. Intramurals are also an excellent way to find people who enjoy the same hobbies as you. Lots of people also join clubs on campus. Find one that interests you and meet new people. If you have a job on campus, your co-workers will be people that you will see a lot. Your shift will be a little bit better if you are friendly with the person working next to you. Maybe there’s this one girl in the gym who is always beating you on the treadmill. Ask her how she does it, and bam! Workout buddy. There’s also a lot of people that you can meet through mutual friends. Maybe your best friend’s roommate’s teammate’s coworker lives in the same hall as someone who has the same major and favorite sports team as you. Or maybe you were at a party one night and met someone who you just really hit it off with. Friend them on Facebook, and make an effort to talk!

 

Friends can be found in a lot of different places in college, as long as you’re open, willing to talk, and don’t make quick judgements. The person that you think you won’t get along with just may end up being your best friend.

  


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