"I have the best roommates in the world! It creates a fun sense of family... and that's really important to me. Things can get so lonely without it." ~ Kristen Bell
I always thought my timid nature would be a barrier to me socialising and ‘making the most’ of my university experience. I know it can be challenging sometimes to put yourself out there when it would be sooo easy to just sit in your room and watch Netflix all day, but personally my university experience would not be anything close to what it has been if it weren’t for the friends I have made here.
There are a bunch of Facebook pages to join prior to starting university, where you can find other Plymouth freshers both in your halls of residence and on your course. This is a great place to start as it means you’ll be able to talk to people in the same boat as you about your thoughts, worries, and expectations – plus you’ll have some friendly familiar faces to look for once you get there!
I currently live in student halls, and this was a great opportunity for me to get to know new people as it put me in an environment where I was required to be more social. We all try and spend as much time as possible in the kitchen and shared areas of the flat, and we’ve all gotten to know each other really well outside of our flat. Also, within the first week we made sure to get to know our neighbouring flats as well, whom we have also created friendships with – this is great because it expands our social circle.
Try talking to people on your course – you already have one thing in common, that you are doing the same degree! Try and sit down next to someone you have not spoken to before; seminars are especially good to do this in as it’s a smaller, more personal environment than a lecture hall, and the seminar groups may often change so it gives you the chance to speak to different people. Not only are you making friends, but it’s also pretty handy if there ever comes a time where you have to do a group project!
Societies are fab opportunities to get to know new people too. At Plymouth there is such a wide range of societies – both academic and hobby based – that there is something for everyone. Meeting people with shared interests is a great way of making new friends.
All in all though, just be yourself and be nice to people 😊