Moving to college can be a very stressful experience, especially if you are going to a school where you won’t know anyone! When I found myself in this situation, I forced myself not to worry about being lonely or never finding friends; instead, I focused on the excitement of the potential number of friends I could be making! Friends are a major part of a human’s mental health, and getting through college without having any kind of support system would be nearly impossible for me to imagine! Friends can often be the reason a person stays in school in the first place!
Needless to say, I LOVE friends.
My friends like to talk about how easy it is for me to make friends everywhere and anywhere I go, so I decided to share with you how this came to be…I’ve narrowed my technique of making friends down to three easy steps:
1. First Impressions!
Friends can be made in any situation anywhere in the world! Try these friend-making places:
- Anywhere you aren’t alone!
Start with a nice handshake that isn’t too aggressive to help them feel safe with you!
Don’t forget to smile!
In any relationship, the connection is what really makes or breaks it, right?
Make sure you get them talking about themselves, along with telling them about yourself and all the interests you two have in common!
Don’t do all the talking!
Be an active listener and show them you care about what they are talking about!
After making your wonderful first impression and connecting on every level possible, following up with your new friend after spending a little time apart, let your new friend know that you’re thinking about them and you cherish their friendship!
Something I’m really grateful for is the experience living in the dorms, I highly recommend that if you have the option to, you should choose to live in the dorms for at least a year. I have made so many friends through my experience living in the dorms. All of the residence halls put on events for the on-campus students that I would never have been able to attend if I hadn’t been living in the dorms.
By Gabrielle Boyle