1. Be open. Go to your new college with an open mind. No one knows who you were before. Don’t limit yourself to certain people. You never know who might just become your new best friends.
2. Plan, plan, plan. You already have experience in college before, so this should help when deciding what you want to join when entering your new university. Research what your school has to offer before you even start so you have an idea of what you want to do when you get there.
3. Get involved. I know, everyone says it, but it literally cannot be said enough. Go to your college’s activity fair and learn more about a handful of activities that pique your interest. Like they say, “you get what you put into it!”
4. Say “yes” to every social invitation. This is not a time to be closed-off! In order to make new friends you need to be open to meeting new people and getting outside of your comfort zone.
5. Don’t get discouraged. Yes, it might be lonely at first, but this is a time for you to get to know yourself better, as well. Use that alone time to become more connected with who you are as a person.
6. It gets better. The first couple of months you may feel like a “freshman” all over again. For some, making new friends and adjusting to a totally new environment is easy. If you’re like me, it takes a bit longer to open up to new people and really “fit in.” It took some time, but by my second semester I no longer felt like the “new kid on the block.”