How to Make Friends at College

:Introduce yourself every time you sit next to someone you don’t know
The first week of classes, you might sit next to the same person the rest of the semester or it may change. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself! This is a great way to make friends and form study groups for the class. You never know if the person sitting next to you has the same classes as you or not. One of my best friends and I met during class and then figured out we had the exact same schedule. We purposely planned our next semester to have the same schedule again and it was so nice continually having a familiar face!
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:Join a club
Joining a club is a great way to make friends because you are immediately surrounded by people who have similar interests to you! Just don’t overload yourself on clubs and have no time for studying. Try out one or two to begin with and go from there.

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:Do your homework in a common area, not just your room
Sometimes you just need the quiet of your own room to study, but don’t be afraid to go to the den or common area in your residence hall. You can talk to the other people in there and maybe recognize someone you have class with.

:Leave your door open/Knock on the neighbor’s door
Along with not staying in your room all the time, leave your door open for other people on your floor to know they can come hang out. During the first week of classes, my roommate and I went and knocked on our neighbors doors to introduce ourselves and get to know them. Just a simple “hi!” can really do a lot.

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:Participate!
When there is small group discussion in class, take this chance to meet some new people. Also, participate in things like Destination Iowa State and other events that you may do in the residence halls. Some of the first people you meet will be at DIS. Take the time to get to know them and go to a volleyball game or football game together!

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