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Welcome to NYU! I'm Lauren. I wondered how I would find people who shared common interests, with similar goals as me. Fortunately, in a matter of years as an NYU student, I ed multiple clubs, and made so many meaningful connections while doing so.


The first post in this mini-series dealt with my experiences with loneliness as a first year graduate student and how I eventually overcame it. It was a difficult year, and I wish I knew then all the things I know now — I would have been a much happier, more social student!

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In any case, I made it through my first year as an OT student, and now I have several good friends both in and outside my program who have become part of my new friend groups. Starting and living!

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However, grad school can be a great time to find new friends, foster old friendships, and expand your social circles if you are willing to put in the time that it takes. So get out there, and good luck making great new friends! What was your experience with social life in OT school? Do you have any advice for people who may be struggling with loneliness or isolation?

Share in the comments! These links offer useful advice about how to cope with feelings of loneliness or social isolation in grad school. Your posts about applying to OT school were one of my top resources when I was applying and reapplying!! I agree that the environment is, in some respects, quite different from undergrad and I also struggled in the first few months to develop connections with my peers.

I hope your OT journey is going well! I am currently in my second semester in OT school now. I have struggled making friends in OT school. Do you have any advice on how I can move forward?

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Thanks for commenting! If so, scale things back and try inviting just 1 or 2 classmates out to an event or a low-key meal.

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Sometimes finding an event that people want to attend can be tricky, but if you can find a cool restaurant, brewery, etc. Best of luck continuing to make friends, and let me know how it goes!

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I’m glad you asked! here are my suggestions and actual things i did to make friends in grad school.

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If you want to make friends, make yourself heard! Share interesting events with your classmates and explore the area together. Even if somebody says no to your invite, you can ask another person or make new plans. The key is to keep the door open and actively pursue opportunities to develop relationships.

Stop stewing. The sooner you stop feeling sorry for yourself, the sooner you can start making friends! Get outside the classroom.

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Taking a class or ing a group related to a topic you enjoy — or on something totally new! Take advantage of technology. Need friends? Try using your phone to find friends, with apps that match you with potential pals by interests, geographical proximity, or even your pets! Just remember to put the phone down and actually make eye contact with another person at some point. Make the effort to make connections. Instead of just attending church, a volunteer ministry!

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Or instead of spending your lunch break alone, form an exercise or walking group that meets weekly. Brace yourself, and be prepared for change. Be forewarned: Grad school is not the same as undergrad!

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I came to OT school straight from college, and my expectations were somewhat unrealistic. My advice to anyone going straight to OT grad school from undergrad is to adjust your expectations. However, if you resolve to put in the effort, you can set yourself up for a very fun few years! Keep an open mind. Some of my closest friends from grad school are in totally different life stages than me, but the fact that we get along and have similar interests matters more than age, background, or anything else.

Kick it old school. Keeping in touch with old friends when I moved to a new place is one thing that helped me stay sane and feel less alone.

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This year, I made it a habit to communicate with old friends weekly via text, Skype, Facebook, etc. Create a social schedule. I have at least two nights per week that I spend in formal social groups, i. Having regular social events to look forward to, especially with a group of friendly people, may help you feel less lonely in a new place. Take a long, hard look at yourself. At one point in my grad school career I began internalizing the lack of social invitations I received. Reflect on your own behaviors to determine whether you may be inadvertently discouraging others from spending time with you: Do you always eat lunch alone?

Frequently decline invites to group outings?

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Stop the social media stalking. So give Facebook a break and spend your time online searching for clubs toevents to attend, or communicating with friends and family instead. Being a graduate student can be very stressful, and not having a support network nearby can make it even more challenging. Talking to a professional can help you ease your transition, adjust more successfully, or identify ways to become more involved.

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Resources These links offer useful advice about how to cope with feelings of loneliness or social isolation in grad school. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Lauren, Your posts about applying to OT school were one of my top resources when I was applying and reapplying!! Leave a Reply Cancel reply comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. required Address never made public. Name required. Loading Comments Required Name Required Website.

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Making friends as an adult can be hard.


Graduate school offers a rare opportunity to forge friendships with more-or-less like-minded people who really, truly like school and history!


How do you make friends in grad school?