This part of The Ultimate Guide to Freshman Year is all about making friends! Most incoming freshmen have some sort of fear when it comes to making friends in college. Whether you've chosen a small school or large school, you're being tossed into a whole new body of people. Of course you may have friends from home, but you don't want to lean on them forever.
If you're worried about making friends - or just wondering how the whole process words - I have tons of tips and tricks! If you missed the other parts of The Ultimate Guide to Freshman Year, see the bottom of the post for more information. :)
Reach Out During the First Week
During the first week of being in college, everyone is feeling the same way: excited, but anxious. You won't be the only one worrying about making friends. Trust me! Talk to the people on your hall. Reach out and introduce yourself. Making those connections early means you'll have people to talk to when you have questions or are unsure about something.
Keep Your Door Open
This goes along with reaching out during the first week! If you keep your door open, people will be much more likely to pop in and say hello! The cool thing about dorms is that you're all so close. Take advantage of that while you can :)
Don't Cling to Friends From Home
Even though people you know from home will act as a security blanket, don't run to them every time you feel lonely. I know it's easy to hang out with them because of the comfort, but college is a time to make new friends and find yourself. By no means am I suggesting that you can't have relationships with your friends from home; I just think it's important to broaden your horizons as much as possible!
Talk to People in Class
One of the first friends I met in college (other than my roommate) was a girl in my First Semester Experience class. Her name is Trisha (https://typicallytrish.wordpress.com/), and we actually met on Facebook during the roommate search. After realizing she would be living in leadership housing and I wouldn't, we went our separate ways; however, it was fate that we became friends. We coincidentally sat right next to each other during that class, recognized each other and began talking. We're so close now that we've signed a lease together! My point is, talking to people in your classes opens up so many doors.
Being yourself is so important. You want to find people who like you for who you really are anyway, so be honest with yourself. If you have certain beliefs and values, don't compromise them for social acceptance. It really isn't worth it!
I hope you all enjoyed my little tips and tricks on making friends! Comment below with any questions. :)
Thanks for reading!