How To Develop Meaningful College Friendships

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College Life With No Meaningful College Friendships

How does that work? Part of a well balance college experience involves networking and creating lifelong college friendships. I can’t imagine college life with no friends. Imagine, no one to sit with at the cafeteria, no one to go the football games and no one to help you avoid awkward situations – and boy I had a few!


Organic Friendships

Real friendships develop naturally – you shouldn’t have to force friendships. Forced friendships usually have a short time span.


Meet New People At College

College Roommate:

She or he will either be your first friend or your first enemy at college. If luck is on your side, you will skip the college roommate from hell drama. Great college roommates are a blessing.

College Suitemates:

Depending on the design of your college dorm room you may or may not have college suitemates. College suitemates share living quarters usually bathroom, kitchen, living and dining areas.


Classes are usually the best place to make college friends. You see your classmates at least one a week. It’s the perfect setting for forming friendships.


Depending on the college the library will either be the hanging-out spot or the most deserted spot on campus. However, it is possible meet new people.

Academic and Voluntary Groups:

These are perfect settings for forming great friendships or at least networking since members usually share a common goal.

Community Church:

If you attend church regularly and is active in church activities then church will be great place to meet new people and create lifelong relationships.

Sororities and Fraternities:

Joining a sorority or fraternity is a great way to create lifelong friendships. The networking opportunities can be endless depending on the sorority or fraternity you join.

College Parties:

If you are bold to attend a couple of college parties alone then you probably don’t need any friends! Just kidding … College parties are a great place to meet new people. 

College Bars:

If you live in a college town then there will be a few college bars. College parties and college bars are one in the same. However, be careful in these environments, never take drink from strangers, never leave your drinks unattended, never leave with strangers and drink responsibly.


Be Likeable

Firstly, be polite, respect other people’s space, be positive and be yourself. Most people will get turnoff by rude, disrespectful, and pretentious people.

Be Resourceful Not User-Friendly

Another way you can create value friendships at college is to be resourceful. Being resourceful doesn’t mean allowing your classmates to copy your homework. In this situation you are just being “user-friendly” which no one really respects. Avoid being “user-friendly” in life period.

However, if a classmate didn’t understand a concept but you did then you can help your classmate understand the concept with a few examples.


Making friends in College Depends On Constantly Meeting New People

Overall, to make new friends you need to constantly meet new people in different environments where friendships can be formed organically.




Value True College Friendships

Value the true friendships you develop. Main word there true. These individuals will be your true advocates after you cross that stage. They turn into family and provide a source of support during the happiest and saddest times in your life. Your other friendships will cease as time progress, mainly because it’s the end of their storyline in your life. Learn to accept this quickly and more on.



What’s your college friendship story?


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