Ways to Make Friends Before Moving to Campus
It can be daunting to head to campus while knowing only few people, or no one at all. So you should take advantage of being surrounded by thousands of interesting and ambitious people your age. Here are some ways to reach out to other students before your first day on campus.
Check out social media. Follow your new school on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Students tend to form groups on Facebook for classes, majors and dorms, too. Connecting with people sets you up to know students before you move to campus. Plus, it will give you a good idea of who you might see at orientation. Students also share events on social media as well.
Meet alumni from your high school. Even if you weren’t close, reach out to students at your college or university who you went to high school with. Ask if they want to meet up for coffee before the year starts. If they agree, you’ll know someone on campus and possibly form a long-lasting friendship.
Go on a trip abroad. A pricer option is to go on a study abroad trip designed for incoming freshmen. Heading to a foreign country for several weeks with a small group of students will certainly cement friendships.
Take initiative to plan. If you’re going to a school out of state, find other students attending the same college and arrange a meetup. Also, check to see if your college or the local alumni group are planning to organize something in your area.