5 Ways to Meet Your Best Friends
Lots of people come into college without knowing very many people there. It’s an overwhelming experience, and trying to make new friends can be intimidating to some people. However, there are some good ways to meet new people that aren’t so scary. Trust me, I have lots of friends. What? Really, I do. I hang out with them all the time … both of them. Anyways, enough with bad jokes. Here are 5 great ways to meet new people in college:
1. Welcome Week Events
Welcome week is so great! Events such as Serve Shawnee, Ka-Rip Wars, and the Faculty Dinner are not only a blast, but also great ways to meet people. So don’t sleep in or stay locked away in your dorm room. Come on Rapunzel, I know hiding out in your room protects you from all the crazy welcome week workers, but you will seriously regret it if you don’t attend these events. Also, small groups are the bomb! I’m still good friends with people from my small group and have met even more people through them. So go to your small group meetings. Who knows, you may meet your best friend. Besides, you need someone to freak out with on the first day of classes! One more note I’d like to make … Welcome Week and the first few weeks of school have this fantastic “no awkwardness” feeling about them. Seriously, I would walk up and sit with random people I didn’t know at meals, it was great! So if you’re not the most outgoing/social person, challenge yourself to go meet someone new and sit with them. If you’re the kind of person that just loves people, be sure and invite people you don’t know to sit with you, especially if they’re sitting by themselves. Take advantage of this magical “no awkwardness” period, it won’t happen again.
2. Leave Your Door Open on Your Hall
After classes, when you head back to your room, don’t close the door behind you. Leaving your door open gives you the opportunity to interact with so many people! There are always people traversing the hallways, and you never know, they just might stick their head in and say hey. When you’re walking down the hall, and you see someone with their door open, say hey and introduce yourself, especially if they’re on your hall. I met many of my best friends on my hall, and now I’m so glad most of us left our doors open! Now of course there are times when you don’t want to leave your door open, such as when you’re sleeping, studying for a tough exam, or facetiming your mom (Guys do weird things when they come upon a friend facetiming). But you get the picture. In the words of Frozen, “Love is an open door.” Often times, friendship is the same way.
3. Study in the GC
The GC is the perfect area for socializing! There are always people there, and it’s a great change of scenery from the dorm room. In addition, Chick-fil-a and Starbucks are located there, so those make your experience there even better! But for real, I spent much of my studying time in the GC my freshman year, and I met many friends that way. In fact, when my friends and I think back to how we met, most of the stories start with something about the GC. I will say to choose wisely when deciding where to study. Sometimes, it’s easy to spend just as much time socializing as it is studying in the GC. So if you have a big exam to study for or paper to write, it might be best to use the library in that situation. However, if you just have daily homework to work on, the GC is a great place to do it because interacting with people there keeps you from going insane!
Fierce but fun competition, that’s intramurals. There are so many different sports to choose from, many of them being team sports. Because of this, it’s another great way to meet people. You can create your own team, join a friend’s, or even request to join a random team. There was one year I played on a friend’s co-ed volleyball team, and he was the only one I knew. However, I gained so many friends through that experience, and we all had a great time laughing at each other, as our poor volleyball skills became evident. There’s something about sports and a team that brings people together. Don’t be scared to try something new or join a team of people you don’t really know. Intramurals will not only give you a fun break from school, but also a way to make connections with fellow students.
There are so many ways to get involved on campus at OBU. There are organizations of all kinds that are so much fun! For example, there are social clubs (You know, fraternities and sororities, only not exactly official). This Greek life is so much fun! I was a part of Lambda Chi Lambda, and I met a bunch of cool guys through our meetings, social events, and service projects! Another example would be different activity organizations on campus. CAB (Campus Activities Board) puts on the huge talent shows such as Biggie, Freshman Follies, and Spring Affair. They spend lots of time together and get to plan some pretty rad events! I’m in UCS (University Concert Series) which brings concerts to campus and puts on events such as Open Mic Night or Lip Sync Battles. I have so much fun planning and setting up with this crew! Plus, I get to interact with the artists that come to campus sometimes. The other month, I got to carry some of Needtobreathe’s guitars and drums … Yes, I was freaking out and fangirling pretty hard. One more example of organizations would be ministries. I wrote a different post about that in a little more detail, so you can read that if you want. They’re fantastic ways to not only meet people on campus, but also meet people in the community and serve them. Get involved in organizations, it’s worth it in so many ways!
See? Coming to college and finding friends isn’t so scary after all. In fact, it’s a crazy fun adventure! The people you meet will be some people you will keep in contact with for the rest of your life! Find ways to get involved socially, and you’ll readily form lasting friendships, maybe even one like these guys have … (#squadgoals, am I right?).