Wondering how to make friends in college? You’re not alone. Making friends can be a daunting task at any stage. Doesn’t matter whether you’re joining your freshman year of college or elementary school. It’s daunting and intimidating all the same.
However, having gone through all this, I came up with these five tried and tested tips that helped me make friends in college and that will help you make friends in college too!
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How to make friends in college with 5 simple tips
1. Figure out your values
The first tip to help you make friends in college is to evaluate your core values.
If you are a studious student and care about attending all your classes and acing college, then you need friends who share similar values.
If you like staying in on weekends and staying out of trouble, then you need friends who are just like you.
But you wouldn’t know any of this without some reflection. I’ve written a blog on self-reflection, what it is, why it’s important and why you should do it often. You can read it to get more insight into self-reflection.
2. Be observant
The second tip to help you make friends in college is for you to be observant. The funny thing about friendship is that sometimes the people we want to be friends with, want to be friends with us.
However, if we don’t pay attention, we might miss subtle hints they might be throwing our way about them wanting to be friends.
Being observant will help you take the hint the next time your “wanna-be” friend is throwing hints your way.
Being observant will also give you a chance to see who would make a good friend and who would derail you off the path of college success.
3. Join a club
The third thing you can do to make friends in college is to simply join a club.
This does so much of the work for you because if it’s a club you like, then probably you and other club members have shared values depending on the type of club it is.
Clubs and societies are some of the best places to make friends, especially if you’re an introvert like me.
4. Be friendly
The fourth thing you can do to make friends in college is to simply be friendly. If you aren’t naturally friendly, then please try.
Sometimes you’ll find that probably some student wants to be friends with you, but they find you scary or intimidating. This can be easily remedied by simply being a friendlier person.
5. Be helpful
The fifth thing you can do to make friends in college is to be more helpful. Volunteering for stuff is a great way to make friends.
Take advantage of any opportunity to volunteer and help someone. This will be a great and effortless way for you to make friends without trying too hard.
Bonus Tip: Say hello
Here is a bonus tip for making friends in college. Simply say hello. That conversation is not going to start itself.
One of my dearest friends from college started being friends with me simply because every time I saw her I would always say hello, and four years later, the rest is history!
Making friends can be scary and intimidating, especially for introverts, but with these simple yet easy-to-implement tips, your question on how to make friends in college should be answered in full :).