Top tips on making friends at uni
Reaching out and making friends at uni may seem like a daunting task, but it’s well worth it! Having friends can be one of the main things that makes your university experience amazing. Having friends to study, socialise and ask for help will make your time on campus that much more enjoyable. Here are some tips on how you can make friends, whether it’s your first or final year.
If you’re in your first year, participating in orientation activities and workshops is the best way to get to know your potential new friends. At orientation, it is likely that everyone around you is also looking to make friends, so it makes for the perfect opportunity.
Join a sports team
Griffith offers a range of sports and recreational activities for any fitness level, including volleyball, soccer, touch football and netball, for students to join in for some fun and competition. Not only is joining a sports team a great way to get fit, it’s also a great way to meet new people in an environment outside of the classroom.
Find people with the same interests
Griffith offers a range of clubs and societies to suit everyone’s interests. Joining a club or society that interests you will allow you to hang out with a like-minded group who enjoy doing some of the same things as you.
Step out of your comfort zone
Step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do, like going to a Student Guild or SRC party on campus or if you’re more of an introvert – joining Griffith Library’s events. Doing new things will not only give you the chance to see new people but it will give you the confidence to step further out of your comfort zone and talk to new people.
Being yourself is the ultimate key to making friends at uni. Don’t let anxiety and fear stop you from being the remarkable individual you are. Being authentic to yourself will make it more likely that you will attract the right people for you.
By Shania Wood