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how can i meet people in college?

in high school i was very quiet and by myself most of the time. i want my college experience to be different and i also want to have people to go to if i need advice or help with my classes.
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Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer

Hi Keshya,


I will tell you the number of ways which I used and suggested to others:


  1. You can introduce yourself. By saying “Hi myself Keshya. Nice to meet you”. For sure that person will introduce him/herself. Then you can talk about the class, college or subjects.
  2. In college try to take part in the number of activities. Normally, all activities involve group contribution and as a result, it gives chance to all the students to coordinate and communicate with each other.
  3. If you find someone good in a particular subject as that person answers alot in the class. In this case, again you can directly go and talk to the person and say “Hey! You are too good in this subject.” Once that person gives you a friendly response. It’s a right time to ask for help.
  4. Try engaging in small talks. Like “how are you? And all” (Sometimes small talks add alot)
  5. Help others if u find someone needs help.
  6. Last, you will find a person who is just like us. Go and approach them first.


In a nutshell, don’t think a lot. Just go and start the conversation. For sure, you will hesitate in the starting but if your success rate is high (that is, if both of you starts talking) then it will increase your confidence and talking to others will be much easier for you.


Good Luck!


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Melissa’s Answer

Hi Keshya,

I was also very shy and quiet in high school, and was very nervous about meeting new people. My advice would be to join clubs to find other people who share your interest. Also, don't be afraid to turn to the person standing next to you and say hello. During orientation I was so nervous because I didn't know anyone. So I turned to the person standing next to me and just introduced myself. We've been life long friends ever since. Just be yourself, you got this!
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Susan’s Answer

I will tell you what I told my son, you need to find a passion or area of interest and work with the school to see what student groups or activities are available to you; if school has a Leadership Safari before term starts, go to that...it is a great way to meet other students that are new to the school and may feel the same way as you !
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Pamela’s Answer

My daughter is a college freshman. Her successful plan for meeting new people was to join 3 clubs. A club associated with her major, a club associated with a group with whom she shares a common interest, and a club with a focus on an extracurricular activity.
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Mark’s Answer

Hi Keshya, great question!

If you were more introverted in high school, then meeting people in college may require you to get out of your comfort zone - which is a good thing!

I like the ideas listed here, especially practical suggestions like joining clubs related to your interests. Several other suggestions include getting to know your roommates, dorm mates, or classmates by saying "hi" or asking them icebreaker questions (eg: what are your favorite hobbies, what music do you listen to, what's your favorite movie, etc).

Good luck - you're going to do great!
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