Unique Ways to Make Friends when You're a College Freshman

October 10, 2016, 04:21 PM

Make Friends in College

The school year is well under way, and many new college students have settled into their adult lives. While making friends comes easily for some people, for others, leaving the comfort of the high school nest can be a stressful endeavor that results in feelings of disconnect and loneliness.

Fear not, college freshman! We've compiled a few weird ways you can enhance your friends circle during your freshman year of college!

Take Yourself on Dates. While it may seem quite contradictory to meet people by being alone, self-dates can open you up to a whole world of possibilities. For one, it's hard to meet anyone when you've confined yourself to the four walls of your dorm. Secondly, there are plenty of places you may have wanted to try but haven't had anybody to accompany you on your journey. Getting over the feelings of loneliness when you're eating alone is a big step, and you'll feel awesome when you overcome the awkwardness. Talk it up with the bartender, shoot the breeze with the guy next to you, and exchange numbers when you feel like you've got something in common. You already have a common place to start the conversation!

Go Where Your Future Friends Are. If your school's clubs aren't doing it for you, branch out to the community-at-large. Join a few Meetup groups, or start one of your own if you have a few extra bucks.

Volunteer. Broke college kids are always looking to make a few extra bucks, but if you're trying to enhance your friendship circle, free time can be an invaluable way to make connections. Donate an hour or two of your week to a cause you care about. You're sure to meet a like-minded friend or two.

Post About It. If you're feeling lonely, consult the internet. Does your college have an online bulletin board? If so, use it! You can also check out various apps and resources such as Craig's List. If you're single, give a dating app or two a try. Your would-be match may not be someone you want to walk down the aisle with, but he or she could end up being your best friend. Stranger things have happened!

Remember to adhere to all safety rules when you're meeting with someone you don't know. Always have your own transportation via a car or cash for a taxi or Uber, and never meet at a place that's not public. Coffee shops and bars are great get-to-know-you spots until you've established a solid rapport and trust.

What out-of-the-box ways have you found to make friends? We'd love to hear your stories!

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