I think this is the most easy and fun way to make friends. By ing clubs and registered student organization RSOsyou can connect with people that share the same interests you have, and you can meet students from any grade level. I have a live Zoom class that I see once a week, and every time we have discussions and have to go in breakout rooms, I know, it can be somewhat intimidating!
Beyond this, here are a few other tips that worked for me as I made new friends this semester. Everyone is in the same boat at this point, and people are super eager to make new friends.
Just go up and introduce yourself. Just learn something about them and see where it goes.
Pyyntöäsi ei voi käsitellä
You may stay in touch, or you may just smile at them in passing for the rest of the year. Either way, it will not have been a wasted effort. For me, this was probably one of the coolest experiences of college so far. The strange part for me was realizing that I would never talk to most of these people ever again. This is completely okay! Not everyone that you meet is going to be your new best friend, and not every group that you is going to be the right fit for you.
Keep meeting new people and trying out new clubs until you find the ones that are the best fit for you.
If you sometimes find it hard to carry on a conversation, sharing a new experience with someone can be a great way to start a friendship. I bonded with one of my current best friends when we tried out the campus bus system for the first time and ended up on a 45 minute long adventure on the wrong bus home. This was definitely a fun conversation starter and something we still look back on and laugh at now.
Attend your classes
Each of these experiences was a great way to get to know the people better. The people that you live with have the potential to be some of your best friends. Neighbors are the best go-to people when you need a buddy to go to dinner with, have a random question about a class, or just need to borrow some ketchup. One way to get to know your neighbors better is to invite them over for a movie night.
My roommate and I hold movie nights every Friday, and it has become a pretty popular event on our floor. As I mentioned at the beginning, being yourself is the most important thing you can do to make friends in college. Starting over and trying to find new friends in a massive school can be pretty daunting, but if you stay true to yourself, the people you were meant to find will come your way. Class of I'm a Civil and Environmental Engineering major in the Grainger College of Engineering, and I hope to one day work to lessen society's impact on the environment.
I am a major nerd, have a passion for all things outdoors, and love exploring all the different opportunities that the University of Illinois has to offer!
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Branch out! Bond over shared experiences. Invite your neighbors over for a movie night. Just be you! Abby Class of I'm a Civil and Environmental Engineering major in the Grainger College of Engineering, and I hope to one day work to lessen society's impact on the environment.
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