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College Life: Meeting new people

By Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

Picture this- it’s evening. The whole household is gathered around the TV, drinking countless cups of tea and rustling crisp packets as they watch episode after episode of Greys Anatomy. This scene sound familiar to you?

Sure, a night in watching television can be a great way to relax and bond with your housemates, but many students often forget that you can get far more out of your college experience than debates about which one of the Desperate Housewives is the hottest or the significance of the sequence of numbers in Lost.

There are so many opportunities you may have not even considered- dancing lessons, fencing, trampolining, art classes. There are so many great things you can do with your free time, so why spend it plopped down in front of the television? But I must admit that sometimes it is hard to find the incentive to get up off the couch and go do something different that requires actual effort!

But laziness isn’t by far the only barrier that stops many college students from participating in such events and meetings. Some students may be so used to hanging out in the same places with the same circle of friends that it may not even occur to them to try something new or attend an unfamiliar event.  In other instances, they can be feeling down or stressed out, and find the idea of facing new people daunting. Or it could be the case that they want to go to a particular society or event, but can’t find anyone they know who will go with them.

Of course it can be daunting showing up alone to a meeting, lesson or function and having to deal with total strangers on your own, but it can do great things for your self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Not only do you get the increase in confidence that comes with getting to know new people, you also get the pride and enjoyment of learning a new skill, be it drama, salsa dancing or participation in a language club or newspaper.

College clubs and societies are a great way of meeting like-minded people! Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll know anyone there, just brave that first meeting, and you’ll soon create new friendships.

It’s also a well-known fact that indulging in your hobbies increases your overall level of happiness, as well as helping to decrease your stress levels. If you feel overwhelmed with numerous assignments, looming exams, or even personal problems, take some time out to relax and unwind for a little. Join a new society, or come along with a friend to theirs. Get to know new people.

As I have said in my previous article College Life: Conquering your fresher fears, an important part of being a college student is meeting new people, having new experiences and really making the most of your college years.

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