College is one of the best times to make new friends. Still, it can be nerve-wracking as you move away from all your old friends and are around a ton of new people who you’ve never met. Though you may be nervous, remember that you will make new friends, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. During the first few weeks, you’ll meet literally hundreds of potential friends. Here’s how to make friends at college:
- Be friendly. During the first few weeks of college, everyone is in the same situation. Leave your dorm room open, and strike up a conversation with everyone you meet. A bowl of candy propping open your door can be an especially effective way of enticing people to drop by. Introduce yourself to everyone, especially the people living on your floor. Be the first one to introduce yourself; don’t be the shy one waiting for others to come to you.
- Attend events. Even if the school-sponsored events sound lame, go to them. What do you have to lose? If there are events that interest you, you are likely to find people with similar interests there.
- Go to parties. If you hear of a party, go with a group of people from your dorm. Most college parties are open to all students. On the other hand, be cautious not to overdo it; don’t party every night in an attempt to become popular. If your dorm rules allow it, throw a party of your own.
- Invite people to join you. Form study groups, ask those sitting next to you in class to join you for lunch, or invite the people living next to you in the dorm to go out for a late-night snack.
- Join groups. Student groups or sport teams can be a great way to form friendships at college. This is a great way to meet people with similar interests.
- Use Facebook. Facebook is a great way to strike up a conversation with people you casually meet on campus. To make friends at college, look up the people in your classes or the people you meet at campus events. That way, you can continue a conversation with them; you will meet many people on campus who you never talk to again, but Facebook can help you become friends instead.
Many adults have a circle of friends they’ve known since college. College is a great time to form lasting friendships. The biggest thing to remember is not to wait for people to come to you; get involved if you want to make friends at college. Although making friends at college is easy, it does require some effort and willingness, especially if you are not typically a very social person. Don’t give up if you don’t make a lot of friends right away.