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5 Ways to make new friends on campus

U of L's Student Activities Center or SAC for short, a great place to meet new students on campus.
U of L's Student Activities Center or SAC for short, a great place to meet new students on campus.

Maybe the timing was right or you just wanted a change of scenery.. Perhaps you were offered a scholarship to a Louisville university. Whatever the situation may be, you find yourself attending school in a strange new place without many friends to speak of. Luckily, college is a great place to meet new people and build friendships that can last a lifetime. With a little guidance, you'll be back to social butterfly status in no time.

  1. Go to Class. With up to 150 fresh faces awaiting in each new classroom, your best resource for meeting new people is right in front of your face. Sit down with people and make conversation with your classmates instead of plopping down in the very last row surrounded by empty chairs.
  2. Get an on campus job.  Having a on campus job has several benefits: you make some extra money, you get a boss that is super understanding of the demands of college and you get to meet new people. For more information on where to apply a U of L
  3. Be proactive in meeting people. Waiting around for people to come and talk to you is a sure fire way to make sure your college experience is a lonely one. When the opportunity arises, join in a conversation or talk to someone you don't know.
  4. Start a study group.  This is another situation in which the need to be proactive arises. If you are struggling with a class or just need some extra motivation a study group is an excellent way to improve your grade and meet new people at the same time.
  5. Go where the students go. You'll find students both on campus and all over Louisville everyday of the week. Head over to the SAC for a workout or a game of pool or down to the Granville on 3rd Street to have a bite or a drink and meet your peers.

However you choose to meet new people, remember this: college is what you make it. If you don't go out and make friends college can be a miserable experience but if you can find the courage to step out of your comfort zone college makes for some of the best years of your life.


  • Kimberly 5 years ago

    New to Louisville. Think I will try some of these ideas. Good article.

  • McAdam 5 years ago

    Great article, Melody! I used to hang out at the Granville 45 years ago, when I was a student. Good to know some things never change. Welcome to the Examiner family. --Louisville City Hall Examiner

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