Making friends in college might be the most daunting thing for freshmen. You’re in a new place with lots of question marks in front of you. What if I don’t get along with my roommate? Did I choose the right classes? Will I be able to maintain good grades and my HALO ranking?
We can’t answer all those (very real and very important) questions for you, but the meeting people thing – we got you there. Because we’ve been there. And here are some things that helped us – as sourced from the Textbooks.com offices.
DAY 1 Compliments get you everywhere. Love your classmate’s Black Keys t-shirt? Have the same backpack as your RA? Reading the same book as that girl in the café? Let your love fly. Next thing you know you’re trading shopping tips and playlists.
DAY 2 Join the club. From sports and politics to foreign languages and book clubs, there is an on-campus extracurricular activity that suits your interests. Guess who you’re going to meet – more cool people just like you.
DAY 3 Rinse, repeat. Come on, you have more cool interests – we know you do. Volunteer one hour a week, pick up the guitar again and go to the campus open mic, get your yoga-loving om on.
DAY 4 Extend the invitation. Sometimes making friends in college is as easy as saying, “Want to hang out sometime?” If direct doesn’t work for you, say, “Hey, I’m going to see this great band tomorrow. You should come.” Or suggest, “I’m going to blow off some steam later. Want to play some ‘Walking Dead’”? Everyone loves zombies.
DAY 5 Make a quick study. In the first few weeks of class, introduce yourself to a nearby classmate and ask if you can swap emails in case you miss a day or in case they want a study partner for next week’s quiz.
DAY 6 Get outside. Go for a walk. Sit on the quad. Hang at the coffee shop. Your new BFF is very likely not inside your dorm room’s four walls (as cool as your roommate might be, our motto is the more pals the better).
DAY 7 Just say “hi.” Yup, sometimes it’s just that simple. Say hello, flash a smile, and well, if all else fails, compliment their Black Keys t-shirt again.
Photo source: Flickr/Tulane Public Relations
This post originally ran 9/2/2014.