Spending time with friends and making new connections is a very important part of the overall university experience. If you ask me, I’m really grateful for having the people I’ve met while studying at RGU in my life, and I’m super happy to call them my best friends.
Socialising and making friends can be a bit difficult, especially when you’re a shy person like me. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your bubble and make new friends, but I promise you that it will be worth it! Spending some time alone is good, but sometimes you just need someone to talk to, to share your thoughts and stories with, especially when you’re an international student living far away from home. There is honestly nothing better than having long talks over coffee and a cake with my best friends. We inspire each other, motivate each other and will go through the whole university journey together.
I actually made most of my friends during my very first week at university. I remember that day when I met three of my best friends as if it was yesterday. We were all on the same course and didn’t really know anyone there. When we were having a break between lectures, we just began talking. We created a group chat in order to keep in touch outside of uni and so our friendship began.
Staying in student accommodation is a great way of making friends as well. Although you don’t necessarily have to build a strong relationship with your flatmates, you may be lucky enough to share a flat with your soul mate. You flatmates may also bring their friends over and who knows if they may become friends of yours as well.
University, in general, is probably the best way of socialising, but social media is worth mentioning as well. I’m talking about interest groups on Facebook in particular, where you can meet a lot of interesting and inspiring people who share the same hobbies and interests as you.
RGU has a plethora of societies that you can join which is great for finding something that you are interested in and meeting new people with the same interests.
Part-time jobs are definitely a good place to make friends as well as the gym, pubs or any other public location that connects people with the same interests.
Let’s finish this blog up with some tips that could come handy when making new friends.
• Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone
• Be yourself
• Don’t be afraid of failure. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?
• Be a good listener
• Treat people the way you want to be treated