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New Friends in New Places

Friends are essential. Beginning college can leave you feeling friendless or perhaps overwhelmed with new people. Just because ten people add you on Facebook every day doesn’t mean you’ll be their best friends. First, remember that every freshman is in the same situation you are – they’re new! If you’re not a freshman, don’t be opposed to making new friends. The girls you met on your wing freshman year are wonderful, but remember there are plenty of other people on campus. Who doesn’t like a new friend? HerCampus is here to suggest a few unique ways to make friends in all sorts of places.

  1. Busy Bee: Working and attending classes can be straining on your schedule. You’ve got to pay the bills, but if you’re always work, you don’t have time to catch up on your favorite television show with your best buds. Working a campus job can introduce you to people you would otherwise not meet. They’ll likely have different majors or be different years than you, which is great. A diverse friend group is a happy one. Plus, if you like your coworkers, your time on the clock will fly by! 
  2. Out and About: Yes, playing Frisbee on the quad is cheesy. Yes, it’s fun. Yes, you can find friends. Grab a soccer ball or a game of washers and invite passersby to play. People will be drawn to your confidence and friendliness, plus it’s great to get outside on occasion. People will appreciate the break from routine and will never forget their friendly opponent. 
  3. Be Cool At School: Classes are the ideal place to find friends. If it’s a class for your major, you already know that you and your peers have something in common. If it’s a gen ed, find friends by inquiring about your classmates majors and extracurricular. Asking classmates to study with you outside of class is another easy way to make friend. What starts as a study session could turn into a manicure night or trip to the movies. 
  4. Work It Out: First, we strongly suggest you make gym time a regular part of your routine. You’ll look and feel good, plus you’ll have the energy it takes to be a successful collegette. Most girls rock the elliptical, but many students forget the Marquette offers affordable fitness classes that meet twice a week. Chat with the other girls before an after classes, or offer to go for a jog with them after classes. Great is the friend who can motivate you to be your best. 
  5. Out On The Town: There’s more than one University in Milwaukee, so don’t be opposed to off campus friends. Whether you’re getting your hair done or grocery shopping, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. You never know what you’ll have in common. You’re new friend might know something about Milwaukee that you don’t, so it never hurts to ask. You can find a friend anywhere, so long as you’re willing to chat. 
Hannah McCarthy is a junior studying Broadcasting and Electronic Communication at Marquette University. She is currently the News Director at Marquette Radio. Hannah calls Cincinnati, OH home. In her free time, Hannah obsesses over Public Radio and hopes to be a news reporter after she graduates. 
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