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Going into an unfamiliar place can be scary, especially if you’re going in alone. Luckily, there are many new students equally eager to meet new people because they are in the same sitch as you! If the thought of making new friends intimidates you, here are some tips to help you find your new #squad:

1. Go to university events

If you go to orientation, your school will have a variety of events for you to go to. These are great for meeting new people, especially if you attend an event that relates to your interests. You can find common ground with other students and start new friendships! Outside of orientation, your school will have many events throughout the year, so keep a schedule handy and don’t be afraid to socialize with those around you!

2. Be a good dorm neighbor

Your dorm is a golden access key to a profusion of potential amigos! You have people in the rooms next to you, down the hall, and on different floors to connect with. Be sure to keep your door wide open; that way, people know you’re receptive to visitors passing by. If you’re feeling more forward, knock on other’s doors! (Bringing cookies never hurts, either).

3. Start out basic

It’s easy to forget that the lasting friendships you had in high school took years upon years to develop. In a sense, you are going back to kindergarten and socially starting from scratch. So, don’t be discouraged if you feel your conversations don’t move past small talk (the weather, favorite hobbies, hometowns, etc). These conversations will be the building block for a long-lasting friendship! To find a true comrade, it’s going to take time and effort.

4. Join a campus organization

With so many different organizations available on campus, it won’t be difficult to find one you’re interested in! Joining a student-led organization is a great way to make new friends because you will spend scheduled, regular time together. Even better, you find a group of people that share the same passions as you and boost your resume…win-win!

5. Join a fraternity or sorority

Fraternities and sororities aren’t for everyone, so check out these pros and cons before making a decision. There is no doubt that one of the biggest perks of Greek life is building a network of students and former students that can help you along in your college career. Even if you rush Greek life and decide later that you don’t like it, you can always deactivate your membership.

6. Form a study group

Studying with peers from your classes is a sure way to advance your social life AND raise your grades. Plus, if you have the same major as the peers you are working with, you are bound to have even more classes together in the future! You will bond by collaborating, learning, and drinking coffee together after a hard night of studies. Remember to be an inclusive study group; remain open to adding new members!

7. Be yourself

This is the most important rule, so if you take away anything from this post, make it this one. You don’t want to pretend to be someone you’re not for a lot of reasons. For one, putting on a mask is exhausting. Second, you will inhibit yourself from finding people you TRULY vibe with. You want your friends to know you for the REAL you! Be yourself; you’re awesome, and they’ll think so too!