So you’ve survived move in day, and now it’s time to experience the society around your campus a bit! Your first night at college is a great chance to explore common happenings and culture at your school, and to meet new friends (especially those who live close to you, such as hallmates).
A nice way to comfortably know a person or two on your way to college is Facebook stalking (no shame in it!) Many schools have groups on Facebook for incoming freshmen, so you can find friends in your major, roommates, etc. My first night at college, I went out with girls I met either in my hall or from Facebook believe it or not, and that certainly made the first night out at college less lonely and/or scary.
Your first night at college is an exciting time to explore because no one knows what is going on! There aren’t cliques yet or “cool” things that are known to do. Your first night is about getting to know people and discovering your school.
I remember my first night of college consisted of me walking the campus grounds with my roommate and hallmates that I just met. The Greek Row was closed the first week at my school due to rush, so our only option for entertainment was really to explore and converse with strangers.
An exciting way to possibly spend your first night at college is learn your surroundings, and maybe even discover some secret hangout spots you’ll be able to call home for the next four years. My newfound friends and I found little coffee shops and performance cafes around campus that we would later realize were great place for open mic night, improv shows, and milkshakes.
My first night at college showed me that sometimes it’s the little details that will create the best memories for you. One thing to keep in mind is that the friends you make on your first night at college will most likely not remain your best friends throughout your entire college career, but you can still create memories and options for future social events.
Don’t let your first night at college intimidate you! Get settled in to your new living place and then be prepared to spread your wings and talk to everyone you see! The first night isn’t about jumping into the “college scene” full swing and partying. I suggest getting comfortable and simply being open to new people and places. That’s the quickest way to comfortably slipping into your new lifestyle and having the social life and college career you’ve always desired.
(Photo by Merrimack College under Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0)