Starting university is an exciting time, but everyone worries about making friends...
When you move to a new and unfamiliar place, the idea of making friends can seem tough but it is important not to worry and remember that everyone is in the same boat! It is natural to be nervous and even the most confident person will be feeling the same.
To put your mind at ease, we have put together a series of tips on the best ways to make friends during Freshers Week.
Remember making friends doesn’t always happen straight away
Making friends is likely to take longer than a week, especially when it's kind of a weird week when everyone's in a new setting. Everyone is always so busy making sure they get to have a real feel of University and what it has to offer. Keep this in mind and play it to your advantage by going and partaking in activities that enable you to meet people.
There will be tons of events and taster sessions, so it's a good excuse to try something new. Don't worry about whether you've made deep personal connections right away, as those will develop over time.
Check out social media and forums to see if there are groups already made
A lot of people start talking to fellow Freshers across social media groups and forums before heading to university. You can always check out places such as The Student Rooms forum and see what topics have been started.
Volunteering is a great way to make new friends as well as help bulk out your CV. At the University we have Volunteer Central which would be a great starting place for you to take a look. This is a great way for you to also learn more about the local area. Visit www.volunteercentral.co.uk for more information.
Join a society!
One of the easiest ways of making friends is mixing with like-minded people. What better way to do this than to join a society? You will already have quite a lot in common with similar interests which would be great conversation starter.
Be more social
Swallow your shyness and smile at people - or just start a conversation with them! Find out who they are and where they're from. Try and opt to eat or do work more so in communal areas such as kitchens and lounges (where possible).
Be nice, be yourself, and remember: you're far from alone in the situation, everyone else is in exactly the same boat as you, so you have nothing to worry about!
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