“It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” – Marlene Dietrich
They say high school is the best four years of your life, but we beg to differ – it’s definitely college! If you’re a college student at the moment, you know what we’re talking about – those long hours spent studying with friends and nights out brushing off that stress create friendships that will last long into your adult years and laughing memories that will live on forever. Yet, forming those friendships isn’t always easy as a new college student or transferring to a new school. So don’t fret, here’s a ways to make the friends that will stand by you, through thick or thin!
Start Sweating It
…At intramural athletics, that is! If you’re already on a collegiate athletic team, go you! Otherwise, most colleges offer a great selection of intramural athletics, everything from tennis to dodgeball. Sure, they’re still competitive, but the fun level is amped way up. Don’t let your current athletic level intimidate you – intramural athletics combine a mix of skill levels, so you’ll fit right in. There’s just something about playing with a team and all being in it together that bonds people to each other, and there’s a big chance you’ll all get together after your session and hang out for a bit, helping you get to know everyone and make more friends!
Many freshmen are still undecided on their majors, but as you progress throughout your college years, you’ll be having more and more classes with the same people – the students in your academic major. You’ll be assisting each other on presentations, working together on group projects, and one day, sitting next to each other at graduation! Join the academic club associated with your major, and make a point to get to class a few minutes early to commiserate with fellow students on that last assignment, upcoming exam, that abstract concept you’re all having a hard time learning, etc. These small moments helping each other get through difficult classes goes a long way in making friends within your major.
Don’t Just Make Friends, Gain Sisters!
The media’s depiction of Greek life as being all about partying and barely making the grades is a stereotype only true at a very small number of sororities, while most sororities actually promote togetherness, community service, and academic excellence. Of course, you’ll want to meet the current members of the sorority and make sure their values match your own personal beliefs, but we’re confident you’ll discover an instant support system upon joining a sorority, as well as a wealth of new friends who will always stand by you. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore Greek life – get a feel for what it’s all about!
What Do You Think?
Did you have any trouble making friends in college? What are your best tips for breaking out of your shell and meeting new people? Leave a comment and let me know!