By: Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
*Whether you're new to campus or just in need of a new start to the semester, this guest blogger offers the perfect perspective to get the most out of your college experience!
You’ve just arrived on your college campus. You’ve set up your dorm room so that it’s your own private hideaway. It’s perfect.
Where to go when you want to meet people? Oh, it's big, so, so, SO big, and sometimes, during those freshman moments, it can seem like those towering buildings outlining those picturesque halls are just going to swallow you whole.
But, I promise they will not.
Yes, the whole friendship part of the collegiate experience can seem rather daunting, but fear not, everyone else feels that way too! Some are just better actors than others.
But...why act? That just seems silly. If there was ever a time to embrace new things, this is it.
This. Is. It.
Think about what you love to do and go find the places and people that love it too!
Sports? Go sign up for one of the million intramural teams. If you really are pained at the idea of going to the first meeting alone, drag your roommate along. She can leave after you get acclimated.
..then there are always recreational teams like dance, cheerleading, kick line...
The theater department is not solely for theater majors, I PROMISE. And no, you don't have to be center stage tap dancing and singing under a spot light. There's a whole world that happens backstage, and lots of people who could use an extra hand, and a friend.
Literary magazines, school newspapers...
…CIVIC groups! There are SO many civic organizations in every university and college setting. I KNOW She's the First is gaining new chapters constantly, and they are an amazing network and group of people to be a part of; I think it's safe to say your She's the First sisters become your friends for life.
Then there’s the PanHellenic world…
Yes, there's Greek life too. While I personally did not ever feel compelled to join a sorority, I had plenty of friends who did. Their pledge classes are still very close, and it's been almost ten years since we were all freshman! My advice? Check it out for yourself; don't go by things you see on TV. If you feel as though you've found your soul sisters, well, I think that's great.
What’s my suggestion for those who don’t want to “join” anything?
Get out of your room.
Yes, get out of your room. Go to the gym. Go to the bookstore. Go get a cup of coffee in the dining hall. You need to study? Do it in the library, or try sitting one of the countless lounges that exist on any college campus. You’re not going to meet anyone by sitting alone in your dorm room.
College can be big and overwhelming, there’s no denying that. But, I promise, that the world and the campus gets a little bit smaller when you get out of your room.
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.
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