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Everyone has this dream of college where they meet their best friends for life, their future bridesmaids or groomsmen, the people they will stay friends with forever. When I first got to college, I was terrified that I wouldn’t find these people. Luckily, through joining clubs, getting to know the people in my residence hall and attending social activities, I found a lot of amazing friends. However, sometimes it is not that easy! Today, I want to share with you five awesome and new ways to make friends in college.
Mixer is a geo-based hangout app where users can create events to meet up with people! These events can including really anything, from study groups to movie nights to soccer games in local parks! The awesome part about these hangouts is anyone within 2 miles can see them which means that you can really meet your neighbors or people who live near you that you never had the opportunity to meet before. This is awesome for a college campus because, typically, you are all not much more than 2 miles apart! To keep things simple, spontaneous and fast, mixers can only be created 24 hours into the future.
I absolutely love the concept of this app. You know that the users on it want to meet new people and so it is a great way to really connect with others in your area and make new friends! If you want to download this app, you can do so here!
2. Ask to sit with someone at lunch
From time to time at lunch in the dining hall, I ask if I can sit with someone that I don’t know! This is a fun way to get to know another student that you likely wouldn’t have met before. If you are nervous about approaching someone, take a friend that you already know with you to make it less scary.
3. Keep your door open
If you live in the dorms, keep your door open when you are home! My roommate and I did this our first year and we became such great friends with everyone on our floor. You can even put a sign next to your door that says, “I’m home, come say hi!”. This will encourage people to approach and spark up conversation with you. It helps if you have snacks in your room to offer too!
4. Start a club
Everyone always encourages college students to join clubs in order to make friends. However, sometimes joining a club with people that already all know each other can be intimidating. Instead, create your own club! This way, you are not going to be the ‘new’ person coming in and you really will get the chance to meet so many people! You could even use the Mixer app to advertise for your club.
5. Spark up conversation in the laundry room
Now, this one may seem silly but so many people I know have told me that they have met their best friends in the laundry room at school! Nothing says bonding like dirty socks, am I right? 😉 Spark up a conversation with the person next to you doing their laundry, you never know if they too are looking for a friend!
Making friends in college can be difficult but it is not impossible! I hope these tips gave you some good ideas on how you can meet new people. If you check out Mixer, definitely let me know in the comments below. Remember, you are awesome and anyone would be lucky to call you a friend. Be yourself, show your smile and be open to getting to know new people!