College can be tricky enough without having to worry about what friends will be by your side during it. As the next semester begins, the reality sets in that there will be people in your classes that you do not know. While many may have started to make friends + some have already found their tribe, it’s never a bad idea to keep adding friends to your life! For some, meeting new people is a struggle they never know how to overcome. With a new schedule + many new faces, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. Almost every other person on campus is in the same position as you, being faced with a new semester shake-up. Thankfully, there are always countless opportunities to make friends on campus. Try these five ways to keep growing your college tribe —
1] STRIKE UP CONVERSATION WITH A CLASSMATE
Don’t be afraid to make friends with simple small talk! A simple, “Hey, how’s it going? What’s your name?” could be a great start to a friendship! You might find each other in more classes + be able to study together or work in the same group. Not only will you have a new friend on-campus, but you’ll feel more confident starting new classes.
2] SIT WITH NEW PEOPLE IN THE DINING HALLS
If someone is sitting alone, ask if you can join them. Some people may use their meal times to study, but often people are looking for new friends with similar schedules. You may not experience this kind of environment after your first couple years of college, so take advantage of the opportunity to make friends over a meal!
3] COMPLIMENT OTHERS
If you catch yourself admiring the backpack in front of you, let them know! It will make their day + begin a conversation about something you have in common. Radiate positive vibes by recognizing others.
4] GET INVOLVED ON-CAMPUS
Joining clubs + organizations on campus is a perfect way to meet new people! You’ll have the chance to connect with people who have similar passions + interests. The club itself provides a conversation starter. Sharing a passion with someone else could be the start to a long-lasting friendship! CHAARG is an incredible example of meeting people with similar interests + lifestyles to encourage lifelong friendships.
5[ ATTEND CAMPUS EVENTS
Challenge yourself to attend an on-campus event this semester! Campus events such as football games, theater performances, + guest speakers are a wonderful opportunity to support your school + talk to people around you. Becoming involved on-campus will not only help you become engaged with your local community, but you’re also bound to form new friendships.
It can be terrifying to put yourself out there in fear that someone may not reciprocate, but don’t let that stop you from finding your tribe — You got this : )
+ Beth [bethb_inchaarg] // GVSU CHAARG