Going to University/College is a challenging experience for everyone, regardless of background. It’s all the more challenging for people who struggle to make friends. Here are 7 tips on making friends while at University.
You can not expect to make any friends if you walk around with a frown or what some call “a sour look” on your face. You have to carry yourself as if you are a friendly person. To do this you should speak to everyone you pass by.
Contributors: V. Lynn Whitfield from When Lynn Speaks
Everyone wants to make friends in the first few months at college, and everyone needs to eat at the dining hall, but no one wants to eat alone. Grab some chips, salsa, or whatever snacks are available, and sit down next to random people. Don't push your way into someone's private headphone time, but do not be intimidated by scowls either. Almost everyone wants to chat, and it is up to you to make the first move. Invite them to a small pregame in your dorm that weekend, and if you don't gel, try someone new tomorrow
Contributors: Steven Fried from TFG Wealth Management
Try joining as many clubs and activities that you are interested in as possible, these will be great opportunities to meet people with similar interests as you who you can immerse yourself in fun activities with. They also often host parties, get-togethers, and social events, making it effortless and easy to connect with others.
Contributors: Stacy Caprio from Deals Scoop
Load up on some interesting anecdotes that you can tell when the conversation goes in a particular direction. For example, use an app like Divino Classic Education with interesting stories in Greek Mythology, Literature, Latin, Science, Geography and Art.
Contributors: Samantha Hugo from Hugomatica LLC
I encourage people to look at those around them, and consider who they connect with or see the possibility of connection with. Take a small step to interact with them face to face. If it's a co-worker, ask them to lunch. If it's someone at the gym, ask them for a post-workout coffee.
Contributors: Julie Williamson from Abundant Life Counseling
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