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The “Making Friends in College” Starter Pack

By Scott Blechman, Guest Blogger

The new school year is here, and whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned college veteran, it means one thing in particular: a fresh start. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to try things with a new perspective. Not to mention, a new year means new classmates, new schedules, and even a new place to live! There’s no better time to breathe some new life into your social circles than what’s just ahead.

Whether you’re just getting started or you’d just like to expand your social circle, here are some good ways to build up your college social life:

  1. Get to know your classmates
    • You’ll (hopefully) be seeing your classmates a lot throughout the semester, and the earlier you break the ice the better. Class time is a great time to start introducing yourself – or better yet, show up early and take advantage of the free time. No problem if you don’t get the chance early on though, it’s never too late to strike up a conversation with whoever’s sitting next to you.
  2. Join some clubs
    • Texas Tech has a club for basically everything. If you’re looking to find people who like the same things you do, all you have to do is find when a club is meeting and show up! With any luck, you should be finding yourself having lots of fun with new people and making plans outside of meetings in no time.
  3. Go to campus events
    • It’s Wednesday, everyone’s busy, and you don’t know what to do? TAB is constantly coming up with lots of cool events on campus! These are always a great way to spend time with new people, since pretty much everyone is there in the first place to have a good time and meet people. If nothing else, it’s a great way to make a boring day fun.
  4. Don’t spend all day in your room
    • Speaking of breaking up boredom, spending some time outside around others each day is a good rule of thumb. Whether you’re in a dorm or off-campus, there’s plenty of places to help ward off that cabin fever. Eat lunch at the SUB instead of taking it to your room, or sit down at Starbucks to knock out that paper. Being around other people is a great little pick-me-up on those days you might be feeling isolated.
  5. No one to go with? No problem!
    • Don’t be afraid to go to things on your own – it can actually be a good way to meet new people! Just like taking time outside your dorm or apartment, going to things by yourself can also be a great way to break up a monotonous day as well as a great reason to try something new.
  6. Take time for yourself too!
    • A good college life is all about balance. Just like it’s good to take breaks between classes and schoolwork, it’s also a good idea to spend a little time at home to recharge. This is particularly true after a week of exams! Don’t be afraid to take a day to sit back, relax, and put on some Netflix; a lot of good can come from giving yourself a well-deserved break!

There’s no better time to breathe some new life into your social circles than what’s just ahead!

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