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When you hear parents, family members, teachers, and older friends talk about their college experiences, they include details of what they studied, what clubs and activities they were involved in, possibly positions they held -- but what they really focus on are those fun and exciting memories they created with friends. 

Many alumni say that the people you meet in college will be your friends for a lifetime -- you may live together in the future, or work together, and some will even be in your wedding party. We know that when you go off to college, you’ll be looking to make friends to have these present and future experiences with. 

When you become a senior in high school, you may have a solid friend group that you’ve been friends with since you were in kindergarten, or maybe even preschool. Because of this, you might feel overwhelmed or even anxious about putting yourself out there to meet new people. You’re used to your high school friend group, and you might all be going to different colleges. 

But the good news is, you can and will make new friends! Remember that all college freshmen are in the same boat -- you’re all excited, anxious, nervous, but most of all, you just want to make friends. 

We have put together a list of tips and advice from college graduates that will tell you all about making new friends. As long as you’re willing to put yourself out there, step out of your comfort zone, and attend campus events -- you’re in luck because with these tools, you’ll be able to start making friends as soon as you arrive on campus. 

Here’s our best advice and tips on how to attract people and start conversations: 

  • Attend All Orientation Events 
  • Get to Know Your Classmates 
  • Join Clubs and Student Organizations 
  • Get to Know the People Who Live on Your Floor 
  • Have a Campus Job 
  • Invite People to Your Room 
  • Look Around Campus 

Attend All Orientation Events 

Most schools have a community service project built into orientation, take advantage of meeting people during this event!

During the first week, after your arrival to campus, you will mostly participate in orientation events. You’ll usually be placed in a group based on your living arrangements or your first year seminar. You will also usually have a mentor who makes sure your group arrives at events on time. 

You should take the time to really get to know the students who are in your orientation group. Also, take orientation seriously -- this is when many of your questions about the school, classes, campus, etc. will be answered. 

Many of these events will be geared towards ice breakers and getting to know your peers. We can’t stress this enough but if you want to get a head start at making friends, do not skip these! This is the one time all members of your class will be together in one place at the same time, so take advantage of this week. 

You should also attend just to get a better sense of campus, absorb information about student resources, and who to talk to should you have a future problem. 

Get to Know Your Classmates 

Don’t miss out on introducing yourself to your classmates -- create a study group or make an effort to start class discussions. 

Many students don’t take advantage of what is right in front of them -- your classmates. Make an effort to introduce yourself to other students on the first day and try to get at least one phone number from another student in your class. This will be crucial if you need to miss class or have a question about the material -- they will be able to fill you in on what you missed and potentially study with you. 

You could even propose a study group with multiple students in the class. This is a good way to get to know a few people very closely. We also suggest participating in class -- contribute to discussions and stay engaged. If another person likes how you interact, they may be more inclined to start a conversation with you! 

Join Clubs and Students Organizations

Join the hiking club, or the outdoors club, or student government -- your options are endless. 

During the first month of school, your student activities board will usually host an involvement expo. This is essentially a fair where all of the clubs and other campus organizations come together to gain the interest of new members! 

This can be everything from your hiking and yoga clubs to student government and Greek life, if your school has it. Everyone who attends is usually a club leader and will be very eager to talk to prospective members and answer any potential questions you may have. 

If you see a club that catches your interest, then we highly suggest you join! If you haven’t quite figured out how to best manage your time with classes, a job, or any other commitment -- at the very least put your school email on the club’s email list. 

This way you can attend any future events, meetings, or activities they have planned, if you have free time! Joining clubs and student organizations with those who have similar interests is probably the best way to make friends as a freshman.  

Get to Know the People Who Live on Your Floor

The people you will see most live on your floor -- get to know them the best!

Behind joining clubs, the other best way to make friends is to get to know the people who live on your floor. These are the people that you will see the most because if you’re not in class, then you’re most likely in your dorm room. 

Most freshman dorms usually adopt an open door policy during the first few weeks of school. Essentially this means -- if your door is open, anyone and everyone can enter at any given time. Now, the choice is whether you want to be the person with the open door, or the person going into everyone else’s room. 

Usually, freshmen will want to see what the other dorm rooms look like, how you chose to decorate, what appliances you have, etc. We suggest that you make your room a cool hangout spot that draws in the crowds. 

How do you accomplish this? Well, the answer is, you need to put thought and personality into the decor you choose. If you have a unique, standout, different, item in your room that no one else has -- this becomes a great conversation starter. 

This could be a piece of original artwork, a musical instrument, a colorful tapestry, string lights that wrap around the whole perimeter of your room, or anything you think is a direct representation of yourself. 

We suggest getting a sign board for your door, that way you can leave messages for everyone who walks past!

This could also be a funny accent pillow that sits on your bed, or interesting neon light up sign. We suggest putting a whiteboard or chalkboard on your door and writing, “Come in!” or, “Everyone is welcome!” This will let everyone who walks by your room know that you want to meet them. 

Once they’re in your room, find an interesting conversation to hold or ask them details about themselves like where they are from or what they plan to study. 

If people start to see or hear that your room is a cool hangout spot -- you’ll have the whole floor in your room in no time. Just remember to keep an open mind, try the open door policy, and have a statement piece that will get you and a stranger chatting!

Have a Campus Job

Many schools offer on campus jobs that will put you at the center of campus life -- working at the library or the barista are two great ways to meet people. 

Another great way to meet students is through holding a campus job. Many jobs are at the center of life on campus -- you could work at the dining hall, at the campus barista, at the library, at the finance or business office. 

All of these locations see heavy foot traffic and you’ll be helping your other students either by making their latte or checking out a book. This is a fantastic opportunity to start a conversation, especially if there’s something about them that interests you! 

Invite People to Your Room 

Encourage your hallmates to have an open door policy and make your room a cool hangout spot. 

As we said earlier -- make your room a cool hangout spot with a great statement decor piece, extra seating like a futon or butterfly chair, or just by having your door open. But if this doesn’t work out for you, consider directly inviting someone to your room. 

Offer to hold a group study session in your dorm room, or if there’s someone you feel like you’re becoming friends with -- invite them to a one on one to see how things go! You never know what will happen when you invite someone for a hangout, they might just become your best friend. 

Look Around Campus

You never know where you might find the best people -- in the library, at the dining hall, studying outside. 

Last but not least, look around campus. If you have some time between classes and see a person you know at a table with a bunch of other students -- go up to your friend to say hello, then turn to the group and introduce yourself. 

We know this can be nerve wracking, but don’t be shy. By being outgoing and friendly with someone sitting at the table next to you in the dining hall can open a world of opportunities! 

If you get involved on campus quickly after you arrive, make an effort to get to know your classmates and hallmates, and try an open door policy, you will be making friends quickly. Our best advice is to be yourself and see who you naturally gravitate towards!