Finding your F R I E N D S

17 Oct

One of the most difficult things about college for some people can be trying to find a good group of friends to hang with. You would think it’d be the opposite with all the thousands of students roaming campus day and night, but the truth of the matter is that it’s not. For some, it can be one of the scariest things to do. This is especially true for those who aren’t quite sure what type of people they want to associate themselves with.

When I first got to the UA, one of my biggest concerns was similar to what I opened this blog with. For me, making friends was honestly kind of an insecurity of mine. I was a very different person when I started my freshman year compared to the person I am now. Looking back, I’m glad I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone–I’ve learned a lot about myself and have embraced myself in my entirety. Some of this, I will admit, was easily a result of my mingling and interacting with a wide variety of people.

The most meaningful thing I did during my first ever week on campus was taking the initiative to approach the girl down two doors from mine in the dorms. I think many of us forget that everyone here is pretty much on the same boat; a good majority of us are excited to meet someone completely new. All it takes is a tiny bit of courage to walk up and be able to say “hey, what’s up?” You may find that a few years down the line, those are the people you share laughs and pay bills with (roommate stuff, you know?). You’ll also come to realize that those are the people who help your inner circle grow just as you will probably do for them.

Of course, not everyone feels comfortable just approaching their neighbor like nothing. This is where campus programs themselves can come in as a life saver. Clubs, Greek life, academic organizations… the list goes on. Even work! All of these things can be great options for students to come in contact with other students who are more than likely open to building new friendships. Generally, people seem to like people. And those who don’t like people, well they always have at least one person they like.

My point is, everyone needs a friend. Why not put yourself out there?

College is something worth making memorable. As it turns out, some of the most memorable things in life happen to involve good friends and good times. Whether it takes building up a little bit of courage or joining a number of new activities someone or something will click. It’s safe to come to the conclusion that most people will no doubt be friendly to begin with.

-Diana

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