Moving to a new place and making new friends whilst balancing a new study schedule can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. But don’t panic! Here are some helpful hints that will help you make friends fast and become the life and soul of the party.
Though it might be tempting to pretend to be some super-cool, imaginary version of yourself, people can smell a fake a mile off. Trying too hard to be something that you think others will see as ‘cool’ will actually have the opposite effect. You’re not going to hit it off with everyone so don’t exhaust yourself by pretending to be something you’re not to impress others. Be yourself and your people will find you.
Embrace Your Mistakes
We all make idiots of ourselves sometimes. If you had an awkward encounter at a party because you were nervous meeting new people, don’t be afraid to admit it or to laugh at yourself. Own your mistakes and embarrassing moments instead of letting them own you!
Sharing is Caring
Suffering from a huge hangover at a lecture? Grab some of your favourite hangover cures and share them with fellow zombies. Whether it’s sushi, pizza or Powerade, you can bond over your hangover with fellow sufferers.
Likewise, if you arrive at a party with a case of beers, offer one to the drinkless person next to you to get the conversation started.
If all else fails and you can’t think of a single thing to say, you can always go back to basics! Ask people where they are from originally, what they’re studying at Uni, where they’re staying etc.
Asking open questions (anything that requires an answer other than ‘yes’ or ‘no’) will start an easy conversation.
Join Teams or Societies
From playing on the footie team to joining the drama society, there are plenty of ways to meet new people that doesn’t involve the scary experience of turning up to a party alone.
There are all sorts of societies and teams to choose from, and if you can’t find one that suits you – start your own! Whether it’s a wine and cheese appreciation society or a high-performing sports team, give yourself a chance to bond with like-minded people.
Take Your Pet Turtle To Class
This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a pet turtle to impress people. But if you do have a pet turtle who you love dearly, introduce it to people. Embrace your quirks and passions and give people an opportunity to bond with you over the things you love.
Love Thy Neighbour
The easiest way to make new friends at Uni is to get to know your neighbours. Even if you don’t end up being best friends in the long term, you at least have some buddies to head out to parties and break the ice with whilst you get settled.
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