University can be a really scary place. You have gone from being the largest fish in the tank in high school to the smallest fish in the sea at university. However, one of the scariest prospects in starting uni is leaving your immediate group of friends and being told to start fresh.
You have probably heard your parents utter phrases such as, “University will be some of the best years of your life,” or “All of my closest friends were made in university.”
They aren’t wrong…but in the beginning it definitely feels like they are. There are so many different ways of which you can meet stressed out first-years like yourself. Remember everyone is in the same boat and are all looking to make friends and have a great university experience too. Here are the top nine ways to make friends in first-year from someone who has survived first-year.
As cliché as it sounds, one of the best opportunities to make friends is during your tutorials. These people are also soon to be your most valuable friends; they will be the friends you swap study notes with, do group assignments with, and stress cry over exams with.
You’ll be seeing these people every week for a whole semester, it’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation. If you can see they’re struggling offer to help them, if you’re the one in need of help, ask. Just try and start a conversation and it’ll be smooth sailing from there.
Similar to tutorials (though on a slightly larger scale), lectures are also a great place to meet people. It’s another opportunity to see your classmates that you’ve already met in your tutorials and to sit together. It exposes you to a larger number of business students.
3. BSoc First Year Camp
If you haven’t already heard, first year camp is one of the easiest ways to find friends on campus. Many students say in their third, fourth or even fifth years that they’re still really close with the people they went on camp with. You can check out our 2019 First Year Camp here.
You go on an adventure for a weekend with other first years and the BSoc Committee and make a lot of memories! Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone else at the camp; remember many other people are in a similar position, they want to meet new people just as much as you do.
4. Business Society Events
On top of BSoc’s First Year Camp, there are a bunch of other great events that we run that allow you to meet other business students and make friends. Some of our most notable social events include our Frat Party and End of Semester One Pub Crawl.
Though BSoc adores having a good night, we also offer great mentoring and networking events that’ll allow you another opportunity to meet business students. Make sure to keep an eye on the BSoc Facebook page, as well as our mailing list. If you’d like to become a member of our society click here.
5. Join Clubs and Societies
The Vegan Society, the Quidditch Club, and (of course) the Business Society are just some of many different clubs and societies that are on offer at UTS. There is a club to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences, so find one that suits you and get involved!
It’s important to get involved and if you really enjoy it, at the end of the year apply to join their committee. You can have a scroll through the ActivateUTS website to find out all the clubs and societies that UTS has to offer.
6. Play a Sport (even if you suck)
Playing a competitive or social sport at UTS can be one of the best ways to make some friends. If you are a competitive player in your sport, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for the sport as you do. But on the other hand, even if you suck at sport, UTS has many social competitions, such as touch football and netball.
Other clubs, for example volleyball and AFL, also host sessions that introduce you to the sport in a beginner-friendly environment. Social sports are a great way to meet some new people, have fun and get fit.
7. Friends through Mutual Friends
Though not the most adventurous option on our list, it is still a great way to make friends. If you know of someone studying in the Business faculty or even just at UTS, ask them to introduce you to their friends, or tag along to lunch with them. By doing this you’ll expand your circle and most likely meet one or two people who could become your new coffee buddies.
8. Have Confidence!
Be bold! Reinvent yourself! We’re kidding of course…but when you’re sitting in the library and you notice a familiar face (maybe they’re in your tutorial), make the first move and say hi. Have confidence and start conversations with the people around you. You aren’t going to make friends by keeping to yourself for the whole three years of your degree.
9. Get Involved
The overall message is to get involved. University is going to be what you make of it. If you don’t try new things, put yourself out there and get involved; at the end of the day, the quality of your uni experience will start and end with you.