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You've likely heard that college allows you to find yourself and try new things. You're free from parental supervision and able to make decisions on your own, probably for the first time in your life. But it may also be the first time you've been away from your friends. Few moments in life are more exciting than when you leave home and start school with a clean slate, but it can be hard to make that leap alone. One of the most difficult parts of adjusting to college is finding friends. Making new friends requires conscious effort and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
At the end of summer, hordes of new freshmen will enter college campuses for the first time. It is a time of new experiences -- new dorms, new classes and new friends. This initial eagerness wears off once people get more settled in their friend groups, so there is a bit of a rush to make friends at the start of the college experience.
No matter which college you go to, there will be people who share your interests and personality. It is important that you let your personality shine through so that your friends will be drawn to who you are as a person. Dorms are filled with other college freshmen going through similar experiences, eager to make friends.
Many dorms have common rooms, where events are organized simply to help freshmen meet other freshmen. Stephen Boyhont, a junior at Elizabethtown College, said he appreciates that dormmates can bond over shared feelings. In order to stick out in the crowd, it helps to have something unique -- be it a personality trait or a hobby. If there is a club based on something you likeit! Doing something you love with others creates a special bond and something to talk about.
Knowing about the things people talk about can prepare you for any introduction. For instance, you may not know the MVP of the Philadelphia Eagles, but it may help to know what football is.
7 ways to meet new people in college
Similar experiences, shared hobbies and other mutual interests can bring people together and make conversations much more interesting. Throughout history -- from gatherings of agricultural communities to the Tomatina in Spain -- people have bonded over food.
College is no different; a meal is a great way to get closer to a new friend or chat with an old one. Examples include, but are not limited to: "Where are you from? While fawning or being a people pleaser may be a step too far, it is important to care about your friends.
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