We have always been told that college is our “second chance” at life. This is the time that you are supposed to figure out what you are going to do for the rest of your life. Maybe it is your chance to become a better person and show your parents that you will continue to do well in school.
For many of us, we took this “second chance” at life and ran with it. We wanted to move as far away from home as we could! We wanted to embrace life with a whole new beginning and with that new beginning came a lot of new challenges.
One of those challenges is how to meet new friends at college. As crazy as it may seem, we always have a sense of comfort being around people that we know. We all want to enjoy college and make the most out of these four years.
At college, the chances of sitting beside your childhood best friend in every single class you have are very slim. Now, how do you make the best out of these four years? The answer to that is simple, meet new friends when first starting college.
The friendships you make your first semester at college are the friendships that will last a lifetime. Maybe you are not the one to go out on a limb and start a conversation with someone random. However, there are plenty of opportunities that can help you meet new friends while first starting college.
ABAC’s Welcome Week is your chance to meet new friends and to learn how to become a member of the ABAC family. During this week, freshman are provided with opportunities to meet people and ways to make their college years more relaxed and enjoyable. Welcome Week includes No-Booze-a-Palooza where campus-wide students can ride a mechanical bull, have frozen mocktails, and just simply have fun!
Students can attend a concert on Lakeside’s lawn, participate in the well-known cardboard boat races with their teammates, and enjoy laying down on Lakeside’s lawn to watch a movie. These are your chances to meet new people, people who can become your best friends. If you are not a social butterfly, make it a goal to meet one new person at every event during Welcome Week.
Step out of your shell and shake a stranger’s hand. Start the conversation of by explaining who you are, where you are from, what your major is. You may never know the things you could have in common with someone.
Try to sit and eat with people in the Dining Hall you may not have seen during Welcome Week. This will give you even more chances to meet new people. Also, do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
If you were the kid in high school that was active in clubs, remember, ABAC has over 50 clubs and organizations! Find a club that makes you enjoy being at college and you will automatically make friends that you share an interest with. Now, even though we are given a “second chance” at life does not mean you should yell, “YOLO!!!” and forget everything your mama taught you.
College can be a scary thing. However, ABAC tries its best to help students succeed and make the most out of their college years. So, while you are carrying your boxes to your room during move in day, start a conversation with someone you do not know. I promise you, you will become instant friends with them.