Well, here are several steps to help you be a social butterfly:
JOIN AS MANY CLUBS AND SOCIETES AS YOU CAN!
Quite a number of first year’s get sucked in/pressured/forced to joining clubs and societies during O-Week. And if you were in anyway like me, I realized that at the end of Day 1 of O-Week, I was 30 bucks less than when I had first started, had heaps of freebies and candy and I was a proud member of over 10 clubs/societies. I do not regret joining the clubs and societies as I have made many friends from them. Plus, some clubs/societies offer free food and drinks (sometimes)… So, if you’re still on the fence about joining clubs & societies, hesitate no more! JUST DO IT.
One of my favourite parts about University life is volunteering. From cleaning the park to visiting old folks homes to teaching/working with refugees …… the list is endless. Check out volunteering clubs in your respective universities or simply Google ‘volunteering victoria’ to find out more on volunteering opportunities around Victoria. There are heaps of people for you to meet who share the same passion so why not?
TALK TO PEOPLE
I realized that some of my friendships would not have started had I not opened my mouth and had awkward ‘Hi, are you taking (insert subject here) too?’ conversations. So, scout out your potential friend amongst the sea of people, think of a conversation starter, take a deep breadth and work your magic!
p.s : here are some conversation starters to help you out-
“Hi, are you taking * subject name * ?”
“Hey, did the lecturer just start? My name is ……..”
*sits next to a student * “Hi, I’m …….”
Now that you’ve sort of made a new friend (or friends), make sure to set up future appointments, coffee dates, lunch meals, drink sessions… Remember, catching up after your first meeting is very important to keep your friendship going. Be bold and ask ‘em out!
ALL THE BEST. And have a wonderful second semester! X
Junior Executive 2013 (Secretariat)