The first thing on most peoples’ minds as they enter college is making friends. Sure, you’ll move your things and get settled in with your new roommate and living space, but for the most part you’ll want to make a lot of friends fast and find a social scene you’re comfortable in and excited to start of college in!
It’s important to remember it’s not likely you’ll meet your best friends or future bridesmaids your first week of college, but still it is very possible to grow great friendships your first week of college depending on what you get involved in.
My college threw a lot of big and all-inclusive events during my first week at school, so we could get involved in the school’s community and get to know all the other incoming freshmen. I’m not saying your first week of college will necessarily be a similar experience, but I know my first week certainly included a foam party, carnival and the quad, and multiple concerts.
All these events helped me get plugged in to my school as well as get closer to the people I lived around and the people who shared common interests with me, such as music. Most schools will work to make the first week for incoming freshmen very exciting and full of ways to meet other students, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open for the activities going on around your campus.
It is also a great comfort to get to know the people who live in your dorm building. Whether you decide to rush a fraternity or sorority or not your first week at school, your hallmates can still become a great social group for you to go out and experience college life with.
The first week of college can be hectic, making sure finances, classes, books, living arrangements, and so on are in order, so it’s really important to make sure you give yourself time to breathe, relax, and prepare. Get to know your campus and where your classes are located, find some friends you’re comfortable with so you can enjoy meals in the dining hall together, and just don’t take yourself too seriously.
Your first week of college is completely about self discovery and new experiences. I can almost completely guarantee you there will be awkward or lonely moments within the week, but it is also a time where you’ll get to be completely open and try new things you wouldn’t have expected to try back at home as a high-schooler. Be excited because your first week at college is just the first step to defining your future!
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