STUDENT LIFE / JAN. 03, 2015
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5 Ways to Build a Pleasant Social Life in College

During your high school days, you might have spent your life as an introverted and diffident fellow. Nevertheless, as college life rolls around, and you are on your own with so much freedom and new faces around, it is up to you to put down your shy personality and become proactive with your social life. You might be looking to join a team, meet people, or get involved in campus. However, there is a wide variety of things that you can do to help you get a fulfilling social life in college.

Below is a list of things that you can do in campus to help you break out of your shell.

1. Get Involved

Campus life has plenty to offer. You are going to blame yourself if you won’t take advantage of clubs and organizations. Consider joining various campus activities at the beginning of your semester as this is a great way to get involved and make new friends.

Even if you are not a sports enthusiast, consider attending events. This will allow you to meet and make new friends as you show your school spirit. For instance, you can grab a colleague – or better still, a group of colleagues – and hit up the Saturday or Sunday afternoon game. Most institutions give free tickets to their students or at a discount. Be sure to check with your school for any offers.

2. Join a Team

You can reap countless benefits by becoming part of an intramural league at school. Not only will you meet new people but will also have fun and stay active as you play the sport you love. Intramurals will enable your mind to drift off other things such as studies and work, hence reducing your stress level. Engaging in sports boosts your confidence and motivates you. Perceive it as an ego booster.

3. Be on the Move

Go to your school’s weight room and take it to the pool, rec center or cardio room. Most common places in campus are good meeting points with people doing something of mutual interest. Take part in your rec center’s cycling or yoga class. If you can strike a conversation with someone in your Chemistry 101 class, what makes it impossible to chat up the one on the yoga mat two feet away from you?

4. Earn Money with an On-Campus Job

Do you find some free time in your schedule? A part-time job could be a perfect fit for you. Unlike off-campus jobs, on-campus jobs offer a lot of flexibility and allow you to meet your fellow schoolmates. Find a job that is in line with your career path. For instance, if you are a Computer Information Technology student, a job in the computer lab could be perfect for you. Apart from gaining hands-on skills and real world experience, you will also be earning extra cash while working on the on-campus job.

5. Don’t Stay Plugged into Tech 24/7

It is plausibly easier said than done, but when you are engrossed in your cell phone or seated in front of your computer 24/7, you are bound to miss a lot of things. If you are always scrolling your Facebook, someone is going to try chatting you up on your way to the lecture room and you won’t even notice.

Do you want to be approachable? Leave your earbuds and headphones in your dorm room once a while to make it easier for others to strike a conversation with you.

Conclusion

Finding a niche and making new friends in college might seem as a daunting task. However, with the above tips, you can make a good number of friends and have a fulfilling social life in campus.

To your success!

Photo Credits: Samford University

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