How To Meet Friends in College

This might sound like a “no-brainer,” but the best way to meet friends in college is by being yourself.  The goal is to find people who you really enjoy hanging out with and who like the real you.  Be honest with yourself and seek out people whom you really enjoy.  There are some many clubs, organizations, fraternities/sororities, and social opportunities that you shouldn’t have a problem finding your niche.

Also, keep in mind that finding new friends will not be an overnight process…just remember to be friendly, introduce yourself, and ask questions – people love to talk about themselves.  Don’t feel bad if you have to ask for someone’s name again, you’ll be meeting a lot of people and it’s nearly impossible to remember everyone’s name.  If you’re shy, try to push yourself to be more social during the first few weeks of school so that you don’t isolate yourself.

Here are 6 tips for meeting new friends in college:

Tip #1 – Cafeteria: Invite a few people to have lunch or dinner with you in the cafeteria.  This is a great place to socialize and meet new people.  The food is free (if you have a meal plan), the environment fosters conversation, and everybody has to eat.

Tip #2 – Friends of Friends: Ask your new friends to introduce you to their new friends.  This is a great way to meet a lot of new friends.  The more people you meet, the more chance you’ll have at eventually getting a close group of friends that you really gel with.

Tip #3 – Free Social Events: During the first week or so of freshman year, your college or university will host a ton of free social events for new college freshman to make them feel welcome.  You should definitely go to these events.  This is another great way to meet people – after all, who doesn’t love free food, games, and music?

Tip #4 – Open Door Policy: If you’re hanging out in your dorm room, it’s a good idea to leave the door open.  When you leave the door open, you create a more inviting atmosphere.  An open door indicates that you’re in your room and you don’t mind being disturbed.  Your hall-mates will likely stop by to say hi.

Tip #5 – Avoid Dorm-itis: Make an effort to spend just as much time outside of your dorm room as you do inside your dorm room.  This will only increase your chances of meeting new people.  Try to strike up a conversation at the fitness center, mailroom, or campus coffee shop.

Tip #6 – Campus Nightlife: A lot of time, campuses will host events during the evenings for their students such as open mike nights, parties, fundraisers, etc.  Again, these events are a great way to meet other students on campus.  You might not always be interested in the cause or event itself, but keep in mind that the goal is to avoid being locked up in your dorm room.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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