When you think about going to college, what makes you the most nervous? One thing I am nervous about is leaving my friends and family behind. Not that I wont ever see them or talk to them, but when you move far away you naturally lose touch a little bit. Will it be hard making new friends in college? Do you ever worry about that? I do. Here are a few general tips on how to make friends in college.
- Make friends in your classes: Professors do cheesy “getting to know you” games on the first day of class for a reason! Be friendly and try to initiate conversation with people you think would make good friends. Not only is this good for your social life, it is also helpful to have a study buddy in the same class!
- Keep your door open: If you live in the dorms, keep your door open if you are in your room. This invites people who are walking by to stick their head in and introduce themselves and invite you out. It is good to know who lives around you if you are wanting to go do something but don’t have anyone to go with.
- Join clubs: Join clubs that have to do with your major. Are you going into marketing? Join the marketing association! Not only will you meet people who are studying the same thing you are and can help you professionally, you will make some pretty great friends! Join fun clubs too, like bowling or belly dancing. These will keep you busy!
- Tag along: If one of your friends is going to do something with people you really don’t know, ask to go along! This is an easy way to make new friends because you know your friend will be there to make you feel more comfortable.
Now go get ‘em tiger!