Moving to a big school for college can definitely be intimidating. Every day you walk into classes filled with faces that you have never seen before. No matter how much you try, you feel as though its impossible to actually know people at school. Everything and everyone you once knew in high school suddenly doesn't seem to matter anymore. Although it can be scary, there are a few ways to lessen that fear. Here are a few tips and tricks to making a big school feel small.
Talk to people
This is the most important thing I could ever say to anyone. You never know who you are going to meet by just simply talking to people. When you are in the cafeteria simply ask the person behind you how their day it going to get a conversation going. Get rid of that awkward elevator silence and meet someone new in the elevator. This is the easiest way to meet people. I once was told that once you see someone once you will start to see them everywhere, and I can 100% support that. By having small conversations with people you start to recognize faces easily and more frequently. You will learn so much about people and their lives it will make those small actions so much more meaningful.
2. Join Clubs
Every school has so many different types of clubs that you will for sure be able to find one for you. This is an easy way to meet people who have something similar to you. When you surround yourself with people who enjoy the same things as you, it provides the opportunity for growth. This is the best way to grow your skills along with growing your social circle. Listen to what these people have to say to make yourself better at whatever the task is. Clubs break down all the people who go to a school and make it feel like you are part of a smaller community.
3. Be Yourself
Meeting people can be scary, especially when you don't have someone to back you up and be your side-man. Always be yourself. People want to know the real you. Don't be ashamed of who you are. When you go anywhere, there is going to be someone who enjoys the way you are without you having to change. I know it can be hard to put yourself out there right away, but trust me, it will pay off in the end. If people don't like the way you are, they are not your people.
4. Get involved Outside of Campus
This is something that a lot of people seem to forget when they are thinking about making new friends. Although going to a school provides you with a ton of new people to become friends with, you should not rule out making friends with people from surrounding schools. Although you both might be rooting for your different football teams when it comes to sports, schools don't always have to compete. When you meet people from surrounding areas, it makes that whole area seem smaller too. You don't have to be intimidated thinking of walking into another surrounding school when you already know someone there. It makes the city you are in feel smaller as well. Join clubs and activities outside of school to meet these people. Go to events that are in your area for more opportunities to know more people. You can learn so much from someone with a different viewpoint on life. Support your local leaders when they run these events and go to them and meet new people.