Two Easy Ways to Make Friends on Campus

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Two Easy Ways to Make Friends on Campus

During my first quarter at Stanford, I attended a lecture in which the speaker began the session by posing a simple question to the audience: What are the chances that everyone you need to meet in college lives in the same dorm or hallway as you? That question really stuck with me and motivated me to become more outgoing and to make more of an effort to meet new people. In my experience, there are many great ways to meet and find friends when you first arrive on campus. I have outlined my two favorite ways to meet new friends below.


1. Switch up where you sit in your classes every once in a while. This is college, not high school. Professors I know do not still assign seats. This means you have the opportunity to sit next to as many new people as you want. Don't be shy! When I took my first science classes, the lecture halls were all huge. I did my best to switch up where I sat each lecture and that's how I met most of the people I ended up forming study groups with. These people eventually became some of my best friends at Stanford (enduring hardships together strengthens the bond between people, especially if those hardships involve tough chemistry problem sets). You just have to remember that most of the other students in those classes are genuinely interested in meeting new people, more so if they've travelled away from their hometown for college. Put yourself out there, sit next to new people every once in a while, and you'll find that simply asking someone where they're from can lead to a conversation and, sometimes, a lasting friendship.


2. Attend Information Sessions/Mixers for Different Organizations. In my experience, most College Organizations tend to hold a Lot of Information Sessions and Mixers, Especially at the beginning of the year, in Order to Learn More Help incoming students about all the different activities they can take part in. This is your chance to easily meet other new students that share the same interests as you, as well as older students that will be able to give you advice on how to best pursue your interests. Moreover, even if you don't think you will stick with an organization, you should still attend the information sessions. During my first quarter at Stanford, I attended several mixers for organizations involved in endeavors ranging from entrepreneurship to volunteer work. Though I only ended up joining a few of these organizations, I met several upperclassmen in the process that were able to introduce me to other opportunities that better matched my interests. You never know who you will meet so take advantage of any chance you get to surround yourself more experienced students.


In short, college is a time to step out of your shell and make meaningful connections. Who knows? Maybe you'll become friends with the next president of the United States or even meet your future spouse, and it'll all be thanks to your conscious effort to do something as simple as sitting in a new seat during class or going to a mixer.