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How to Make Friends in University

September 27, 2021

by: Janice Chan

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Hello! I’m Janice, a fourth year SFU student at the Beedie School of Business. From my own personal experience, I understand how both nerve-wracking and exciting it is during the first few weeks of university.

If you are currently struggling to adapt to university life or trying to regain confidence after a year of isolation, I have some tips to help you out!

Tip #1: Start a Conversation

Remember, you’re not the only person feeling a little awkward. Challenge yourself to get a conversation going with someone new every day. This can be as easy as sitting next to someone, giving a compliment or asking a question about class! Once you muster up the courage to reach out, I’m sure they will be super friendly and appreciative. Hey, you might even make a new friend!

Tip #2: Join a Student Organization

From Anime Club to Introverts Club, SFU’s got it all. The best opportunity for meeting people is student organizations because you get to do something you already enjoy doing, while climbing out of your comfort zone. Take a look at all the clubs offered at SFU and see what interests you.  I guarantee no matter what your interests are, there’s already a club for it. Make sure to attend Clubs Day to get a sense of what different clubs are about!

Not sure what clubs SFU offers? Visit this page for a full list.

Tip #3: Talk to Your Neighbours

If you live in residence, your new best friend might just be down the hall. Attend residence events, sit in the common room or even shoot some hoops at the basketball courts. The more you involve yourself in the residence community, the easier it will be for you to meet people.

Remember, you won’t make friends instantly, these things take time, be patient! You’ve probably heard this before but don’t worry about trying to fit in. Be your best self and you’ll soon attract compatible friends.

Now get out there! It’s time for you to go and meet some awesome new people just like yourself.