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Whether you're headed to a big university in the fall or living your college life in a virtual classroom, it's important to know how to make new friends as a freshie.

One of the best places to meet people is in classes, but you might have a hard time finding space and time to talk with everyone. But don't worry, there are a few simple tips you can try to increase your chances of meeting new people at school.

1. Go to Orientation

If you’re moving to a new college, orientation is the perfect time to get a jump start on making new friends. However, it can also be a little intimidating to be around so many people.

If you want to make the most of orientation, here are a few tips to help you do just that.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions – Orientation leaders and RAs are always happy to answer any questions that you have.

2. Go to Icebreaker Activities – Freshmen orientations often include team-building games and other events designed to help you meet new people.

These icebreakers can be pretty silly, but they’re meant to help you build friendships. You can’t have too many of these, or you’ll end up stuck in the same group for the next four years.

2. Go to Residence Hall Mixers

Getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is a daunting prospect for many freshmen. However, it is a necessary part of your college experience.

The Villanova University counseling center recommends that freshmen get involved in their campus community early on to overcome feelings of homesickness and meet people who are just like them. Fortunately, residence halls have numerous social activities and mixers that allow freshmen to get acquainted with their peers.

This is especially true when it comes to finding roommates. Luckily, Residence Life has recently held a roommate mixer to give students a chance to find compatible people to live with.

3. Join a Club

One of the best ways to meet new people is to join a club. Many colleges have hundreds of different clubs, so you are sure to find something that interests you.

Besides the fun of participating in a club, clubs also help you develop communication skills and foster creative thinking. These are valuable tools that will be helpful as you apply for college.

Most high schools offer a variety of extracurricular activities, from sports teams to community service clubs to public speaking groups to academic clubs and more. The important thing is to take the time to explore each opportunity.

4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As a freshie, making new friends can be difficult. You’re adjusting to new academic responsibilities, living on your own, and juggling your campus job.

However, a big part of making friends is pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Leaving your comfort zone can be tough, but it’s crucial for achieving your goals and building self-confidence.

One way to help you get out of your comfort zone is by taking small daily challenges. You might want to consider trying something new every day, even if it’s a simple thing like listening to a different type of music or going on a walk in a different part of town.


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