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Is making friends hard when you first get to college?

It seems alittle scary to be in a totally new place and not know anyone. #friends #college #social #work-life-balance #life-transitions

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Jeanine’s Answer

When starting college, it’s definitely normal to be nervous. When I started college, I was nervous and unsure of what it would be like. The good news is there are hundreds of your peers feeling the same way! I made lifetime friends at college, and it all started with just saying hello! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and enjoy every moment of your college years. I hope this helps! Good luck!

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Andrea’s Answer

I absolutely agree with Hailey. There are so many ways to make friends in college. I was very lucky, and found some of my best girlfriends in college, right in my dorm. We connected as we were all the first to go to college in our families and were all initially a bit homesick. We stayed up late studying, bonding, and telling stories.

We don't see each other all the time today, but we pick up right where we left off when we are together. Because we now live in a few different states, we make it a point to get together two times a year - once, just the girls and another with families.

I have no doubt that you will finds some wonderful friends for life as well!!

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Hailey’s Answer

A resounding No. You will find when you arrive, there are tons of people having the same experiences you are. It's easy to make friends when you have something in common. Don't be shy and introduce yourself- some of the people you meet in college will be the best friends you have for the rest of your life! Don't worry, "your people" will find you and vice versa.

Here is a few ways to quickly find friends:

Hailey recommends the following next steps:

Join a study group - make friends and get your homework done at the same time!
Find out the student activities your school offers - most colleges have clubs or groups that meet regularly to do fun activities
Go to a sporting event - school spirit is contagious
Join a sorority or fraternity - you will have those sisters/brothers for life! Many times they perform community service activities too so you are doing something good for others beside yourself