Many times, the hardest part for transfer students is when loneliness strikes – splitting from friends and having to make new friends is no easy feat. Today, I want to provide some less silly ways to meet people besides walking up to them and asking “Do you want to be friends?”
- The most obvious: Campus Events, Organizations, & Sports Teams. On campus events and clubs/organizations are one of the easiest ways to meet new people who have similar interests to yours! For more on how to get involved on campus, check out Sarah’s post here!
- City Events. These can be daunting considering that you may be heading to a city event all alone while others may be going with their friends. However, many times you’ll find a pair of ladies (or gents) or even one person who is there alone. It may seem easier said than done, but there’s no reason to fear approaching them. Whether you ask them a question or spark a conversation with a compliment, the worst that could happen is they brush you off and give off a negative vibe. If that happens, you’re not losing in any way because there are plenty of other people to meet. This is also a great way to get to know the city of the university you’ve transferred into.
- The Gym. If you go to the gym, you’ll start to notice who the regulars are and who the newbies are. You can always ask a regular gym-goer to help you out with a workout or offer assistance to a newbie to start a conversation. This can turn into a motivational factor to get both of you to go to the gym and improve. If you’re not a regular at the gym, it won’t hurt to start going to the gym!
- Class Partners/Teams. Many instructors love to have their students work in partnerships or teams. Oftentimes, this helps friendships develop. You may bond over how annoying your professor is (or isn’t) or over the course requirements. Many teams tend to also gather off-campus, which helps teammates/partners get to know each other in a more relaxed and personal environment.
- Public Transportation. If you don’t live on campus and use public transportation to get to and from class, your commute will be a lot more fun, easy, and quick if you make friends (unless you’re like me and use the time on public transportation to get last minute homework done or squeeze in a nap)!
You can literally make friends anywhere. You may also choose to not make friends. It’s totally up to you. However, life is a lot more fun with friends. So why not make life and the transition into a new school much better? After all, that’s what we’re all about here on Transfer Ways!
– Alena Y.