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Posted 
Jun 18, 2021
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The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

If there’s one thing most people are probably most anxious about when going away to college, it’s making friends. Pre-pandemic, during the pandemic, and post-pandemic (eventually), this will always be one of the main worries of incoming students. But figuring out how to make friends during COVID can make this worry even worse.

Even if your college is fully open and you are attending classes in person, you may find that other students are cautious about how they interact with others. If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from the pandemic, it’s that the future is uncertain. But while it may be difficult to pinpoint what the college experience will look like in one or two semesters, there will still be ways that you can make friends. 

Here are some tips, tricks, and things to keep in mind when you’re trying to make friends in college (COVID edition). Different colleges may approach the pandemic differently, but regardless of whether you’re in the classroom or learning virtually, these are some ways you can connect with others. 

Realize that making friends takes effort

This may sound obvious, but it’s not always as easy as people make it out to be. Making friends can take a few days, weeks, or even months after the start of your first semester. If this is the case for you, that’s totally normal. You will find your people, it just takes a bit of time. 

Since grade school, making new friends has meant befriending someone in your class. While you probably will make friends with other people in your classes, classes occur less frequently and for a shorter duration in college than they did in  high school. This means it will be more difficult to make friends by convenience. Instead, you will likely need to put yourself in situations where you can meet and spend time getting to know other people. 

Put yourself out there

Here are a few practical ways to put yourself out there and meet new friends, even if you have limited opportunities to meet people face to face.  

Leave the door to your dorm room open when you want to chat. Making new friends with other people also means that other people need to make a new friend with you. They’ll be more likely to do this if you seem approachable and open to having conversations. Keeping your dorm room door open when you’re casually studying, or just hanging out in your room will indicate that you’re open to chatting with other people. 

Post in your graduation class chat about your interests. Most classes of incoming freshmen have GroupMe or Facebook groups they use to communicate before and during the start of the school year. These group chats can have hundreds or thousands of members in them, especially if you attend a large university. But don’t let this deter you from posting a message that asks if someone would be interested in starting an ultimate frisbee team or book club with you. There will likely be somebody else looking for someone they can bond with over similar interests. 

Join events + clubs. Out of all the things you can do to make new friends, this is by far the most important. Of course, going to club meetings for the first time or trying activities that you are unfamiliar with can feel nerve wracking. That’s totally okay. Remember that a lot of clubs are not only looking for new members, but will be more than glad to have you there. Showing up to a meeting shows that you’re interested in what they do, which will make them interested in keeping you around. 

You don’t have to stick with every club you go to. Attend a few meetings here and there to get a feeling for what you like, and when you come across a club that seems particularly interesting or aligns with your purpose and values, go to a few more meetings. Things might not click right off the bat, that’s okay. After a few weeks you’ll become a familiar face and you’ll feel more comfortable in the environment. Not to mention, people will also know a little bit more about you, which will make it easier to pursue conversations that lead to making friendships. 

During COVID, clubs may not be meeting in person. This is okay—attending their virtual meetings will still help you get to know other people.

Follow social media accounts to know when events are happening. Again, making friends means putting yourself out there. While some clubs may advertise around campus, there are many smaller ones that do not. Do some research to get an idea for the clubs and activities your university has to offer, and when you come across one you want to give a try, make sure to follow them on their social media. They’ll likely post any newcomer information you need to know there, and it will also allow you to direct message them with any questions you have. 

Find a medium you can use to communicate with others

Many people have categorized communicating as either virtual or in-person, but there’s much more nuance to it than that. Many forms of virtual communication don’t satisfy people’s craving to connect. Here are a few things you can do to reach out and make new friends even if you are limited to maintaining six feet of distance. 

Send a private message during virtual classes. No, this is not weird. As the semester progresses, students learning virtually have less incentive to turn their cameras on during class. This can create the impression that you’re not supposed to engage with each other, but that’s not the case. Many people are looking for a reason to connect but are hesitant to be the one to send the first message.

Reach out to people through social media.  If you want to reach out to someone in your class (whether it’s virtual or in person), giving them a follow on social media is a great way to break the ice. Make sure you put your school and graduation year in your bio. In case your classmates don’t recognize your social media, they’ll be more likely to give you a follow back if they know you attend the same school. 

Then send direct messages. While it can be interesting to see what people at your University are up to, following someone on social media won’t really do much in the way of making friends. If you want to establish a group of people you can rely on at college, you’re going to have to start conversations. Direct messages are an approachable and low stakes way to do this. 

Reaching out to people first can be nerve wracking, but remember that everyone is going through the same situation. There’s a good chance that the other person is looking to make new friends as well and will be delighted to know that someone took the time to reach out to them.

You don’t always need a specific reason to reach out to someone. It’s become normalized to go to people when we need something, but it’s more than okay to shoot someone a quick message that asks them what they think of a specific class or if they have any recommendations for fun things to do on campus. All you have to do is get the conversation going. From there, just see where things take you.

Replace text messaging with phone calls and video chats. If there’s someone who you regularly talk to through direct messages or texts, see if they would be interested to continue whatever conversation you’re having over the phone or on FaceTime. We live in a time when people stare at their phones and computer screens more than ever before. Texting someone for 30 minutes is not only a less efficient way to use your time, it also makes it more difficult to connect with the person you are messaging. While you may not be able to engage with people in person, you can create social interactions that closely mimic real life conversations.

Put a whiteboard on the outside of your dorm room.

Yes, message boards are definitely a throwback, but they’re also a great way to get to know people. This happens in two ways: First, it allows you to express who you are and what you like to do. Have a favorite quote? What about a favorite joke? Expressing who you are will make you more approachable when future social interactions arise. 

Secondly, a white board can also help you get to know those around you better. Writing a random question on your white board like “Which planet should secede from the solar system and why?” will encourage people to write down their answers and start a daily call and response ritual. If you’re not a fan of wacky questions, ones that are a little more basic like “What’s your favorite TV show?” will also work just fine for making friends.

Keep an open dialogue

As state and university guidelines regarding social distancing and mask wearing begin to change, people may have different comfort levels regarding socializing. This can make things awkward—will people want to hang out in person? Is it weird to ask if they do?

When in doubt, just talk about it. It’s better to be on the same page than to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation that could have been avoided had a few things been clarified from the start. Plus, going out of your way to ask other students if and how they are comfortable socializing shows thoughtfulness and consideration—two things that everyone wants in a new friend. 

While making friends in college takes time and effort, we should also mention that is also one of the most fulfilling parts about being a college student. Don’t get us wrong, college is great, but the bonds you form during it will last you well beyond the four-year experience, something not even COVID can stop.

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