Being a teenager means a lot of major changes. For some of us, that means starting high school, and for others, college. In my life, I have been in a lot of situations where I knew no one and had to start from scratch and make new friends. Whether it’s at work, school, or you just moved to a new place, it can be difficult and intimidating to approach people. Here are some of my tips to make it a little easier:
- Just introduce yourself: If you’re naturally quiet like me, this can be really tough. But having enough courage to just walk up to someone and say hi will help you start conversations and meet mutual friends.
- Join clubs: I made a lot of my friends in high school through extracurriculars. Clubs and sports are great for this because you automatically meet people with similar interests.
- Attend events: If your school is holding a dance or a game, go! It’s safe to say that I met a lot of my close friends by attending school events for fun, outside of extracurriculars.
- Be approachable: To have a friend, you have to be a friend. Smile, give people compliments, and ask them about their day. You need to make an effort, especially when you don’t know anyone yet.
- Take initiative and ask people to hang out: You can’t wait around and expect people to come to you all the time. If you meet a new friend and you want to get to know them better, ask them to hang out! You need to be your own social coordinator, so don’t be afraid to approach people and make plans.
I really hope this post was helpful. I know that these situations can be scary, but these tips helped me make some of my best friends. If you’re already in college, you probably know the feeling of having a fresh start and not knowing a single face. For high school seniors like me, I know it is intimidating to think of college and know you’ll be out of your element and away from your friend group. Trust me, after a few months you will find people you click with- give it time. Let friendships grow on their own, but don’t be afraid to make the first move.
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