January 21, 2009 : Ana Brooks
Starting college can be one of the most intimidating things a person can experience. Most students begin at a university that is new to them and they know no one. Don’t panic though; here are some good tips to help you break out of your shell and become a social butterfly ...
1) It is important to remember that almost everyone is in the same boat as you, especially if you are a freshman. Yes, some people may already have contacts, but don’t worry; they're not the majority.
2) The best place to get involved is your dorm. There are normally a number of events that are planned throughout the year for your dorm, depending on the university. LU has RAs and some halls have Activity Directors who set up events for the dorm. This provides a relaxed environment where everyone can get to know one another.
3) Liberty has a variety of student clubs you can get involved with. Whether it’s student leadership, multicultural enrichment, or a society, students are encouraged to get involved.
4) Find a group of people who are willing to explore the school and community. Liberty has a fairly large campus with lots to offer. From the Tilley Center to the East Campus Clubhouse, there are a variety of places to visit on campus. Also, Lynchburg has a lot to offer its residents. Some fun things to do in the city include going to museums, visiting other college campuses, trying out the coffee shops, or playing recreational games at the park. Just find a group of friends who are willing to go out and explore! You never know what you might find.
5) Try one-on-one to get to know people. Some people flourish better in smaller settings rather than large groups of people.
6) Be bold, but be yourself. Friends can hardly be made when people keep to themselves all the time, so make sure you just get out there and talk to people. It’s not always easy, but nothing gets accomplished when everyone is being quiet. This doesn’t mean you should be over the top about it. Like I said, be yourself. You may have to get out of your comfort zone, but you can do that while being yourself as well.
I hope you find these tips helpful the next time you are contemplating how to get to know people. Like the last point says, just be bold and be yourself!