Transferring to a new college can be daunting, especially if you don’t know anyone yet. Not to fear— if you follow these steps, you should be meeting people left and right before you know it!
- Go to orientation: If your college has a transfer orientation, I highly recommend that you attend it and meet other transfer students. After classes start, it’ll be hard to find other transfer students, and you’ll want a fellow transfer student or two to talk to. Learn how to have a successful transfer orientation in this post.
- Join campus organizations: This is a fairly obvious way to meet other people on campus. When you join a club, you’re practically forced to interact with the members; before you know it, you’ll be calling them your friends!
- Attend campus activities: It’s important to spend time on your classes, but remember you need to take a break sometimes! Stop by some events that appeal to you, and chances are you’ll meet some people in the process.
- Get to know your peers in your classes: Strike up a conversation with the student next to you, join a study group, and discuss class assignments with your peers. This is a great way to get to know other students, especially in your major!
- Communicate with your professors: Even if your teachers aren’t exactly the friends you’re hoping for, they can be a valuable resource. Chances are, they know where that classroom is that you can’t find, where tutoring is held, and maybe even where to find a part-time job.
- Live on campus: Although this option may not be reasonable for some, if your situation and finances allow it, living on campus is a great way to meet other people on campus. Not only will you get to know the students you live with, but you’ll also have the added bonus of attending events run by your RA. These events are created to promote bonding and friendships, and they’re often full of students who want to do just that! Additionally, simply by spending more time on campus than a commuter, you’re bound to create more relationships.
- Get a job on campus: By working on campus, you’ll have an opportunity to interact with others, as well as learn the ins and outs of campus. Being knowledgeable about your school allows you to help others, which is always a great reason to talk to someone!
Did these steps work for you? Comment below!
– Sarah C.