Making Friends in College: Overcoming a New Challenge

College Friends Learning how to make friends in college is all a part of growing up. From the time you attend your first play date as a toddler to working on your first group project in school and participating in your first team event, you are learning how to interact and coexist with others. Making friends in college is no different than making friends in your earlier life; however, I do believe it is easier.

Making Friends as a Child is Harder than You Remember

When you are in middle school or high school – goodness, these days it seems even in elementary school – bullying and clicks can make you feel insecure and lost, wondering how to make friends in the midst of all the chaos. Though a lucky few will find great friends throughout those years and stay close with them as life goes on, most people begin to make long-lasting friendships in college that end up being their lifelong friends.

Long Lasting Friendships Can Begin in College

College is the place where you really grow up. Particularly if you go away to school and are finally on your own, you are able to become the person you want to be. Who you were in high school, whether you were the "nerd," "jock," "punk," "cheerleader," etc. does not matter anymore. The labels that you might be remembered for in high school no longer apply in college; unless of course, you want them to. And the great thing about college is no matter what label you may have had, there are so many other people who did too, so finding people with similar interests can be easy. You are no longer alone, you can be who you want to be, and because you are unique to you, people will have respect for you. When you start taking classes towards a specific major, you will meet people with the same interests as you because they are taking these classes by their own choice and not against their will.

Where Will You Make Friends Once You’re in School?

You will make friends in college through your classes, extracurricular activities, internships and just walking through campus. In my experience, while attending college, people can be much more open and honest. In high school everyone is just trying to fit in and make it through another day. In college, however, everyone is trying to figure out who they are, who they want to be and where they want to go. People are excited, passionate and interested in finding others like themselves.

Being Yourself Can Open New Doors to Friendships

So the best way, really, for you to make friends in college is to just be yourself and get involved in the things you love. If you do that, you will find your niche and friends to last a lifetime.

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.