Moving into the dorms. Going to your first college class. This is a very exciting time for college freshmen across the country. So before move in day here is some advice on how to meet people:
Though this seems really simple, it is often the hardest thing to do. It is especially important the first day in the dorms. Even if it’s a bit awkward, take a second to remember that everybody feels just like you, and then say, “Hi.”
Join a Study Group
Study groups are a great way to meet new people. If you are lucky enough to meet smart people you will make new friends and make your life at college that much easier.
Rush a Fraternity/Sorority
The Greek system is an excellent way to meet new people. It is not right for everyone, but if you are curious we recommend that you rush. At most universities fraternities and sororities are built-in social networks, that get you out from life in the dorms.
Join Student Groups
Joining student groups will definitely allow you to meet people with the same interests as you. If you can’t find your interests represented on campus, go ahead and start your own group.
Play Intramural Sports
For the athletically inclined, or for folks who just enjoy sports, playing on an intramural team is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. Give it a go. We recommend trying it for a sport you have never played before like rugby or cricket.
Leave your door open
Try leaving your dorm room open and let people pass through. People are sure to stop in, especially during the first couple weeks of school. This is a quick and natural way to meet tons of new friends.