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Old 07-26-2012 at 12:12 PM   #1
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A little worried
I'm living at home first year, and I'm not sure how I'll make many friends. I don't think we're allowed to talk much during lectures and does this also mean we won't really go to parties if these happen in the residences? :(

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Old 07-26-2012 at 12:48 PM   #2
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Lol worry not. You can talk to your friends in lectures typically in first year you will be in large lecture halls, so the prof wont be able to stop you from conversing as long as you are quiet. In regards to the parties, you will meet people in class and that will lead to invites to the parties. Take a deep breath and relax First year is great and im sure your worries will be put to rest after the first few days!

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Old 07-26-2012 at 01:02 PM   #3
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i lived on res and became better friends with ppl who commute. just like chris said, relax. i would worry about grades the most lol. i think you will make friends kind of naturally anyways since most ppl are in the same position as you.
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You could also get involved in some extracurricular activities that interest you- and I'm sure you'd be able to socialize there .

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Old 07-26-2012 at 01:42 PM   #5
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During Clubsfest make sure you join some clubs and meet people! Meet everyone!

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Old 07-26-2012 at 02:15 PM   #6
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I found I never met people through extracuricular, but most people I met outside Rez came from group members I got along great with (I live with one now) or asking simple questions in class to people sitting next to me. I just quietly ask for clarification on something, and sometimes we may talk about something else and friendships blossom
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Old 07-26-2012 at 03:42 PM   #7
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Just make sure you spend time on campus, don't just book it out of classes or catch the absolute earliest bus home or hide in a library. Be available and relatively social and it should occur organically.

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Don't worry! I was in the same position when I started first year.

I joined SOCS during Welcome Week and went to every single event I could. Not only did I have a lot of fun, but I also met a lot of people. The friends I made during Welcome Week became my best friends; they happened to be in the same program so we had the same classes and got to spend more time together. Even the acquaintances I made I am still in contact with. I remember the first day of classes walking around campus and saying hello to nearly every other person. It was a great feeling!

I do know some commuters who, two years later, still have not made any friends. But they're to blame...they stay at home and only come to school for class. They didn't bother going to Welcome Week or other social opportunities.

Be open-minded and friendly! Friendships blossom from the most unexpected places.

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Originally Posted by Cliu91 View Post
During Clubsfest make sure you join some clubs and meet people! Meet everyone!
Yes, definitely do not skip out on clubsfest
I think I've become friends with more people through the club I joined than I have with the people I've met in class.
Old 07-26-2012 at 04:23 PM   #10
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Don't worry too much about it. I commute as well and I made many friends on my first 2 years at mac. As others have said, don't skip out of clubfest and events on welcome week. Talking in lectures is fine, since in big lectures the prof will never catch you anyways. Try to make friends in your classes, it will benefit you especially when you need help with stuff from your classes. That is actually how I made friends over the years.
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Old 07-26-2012 at 07:55 PM   #11
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Please don't talk DURING lectures, it's really disruptive. A quick comment is fine, but I don't really want to hear the entire tale of what you did over the weekend while I'm trying to hear the professor speak.

That being said, if you sit in the same seat during class, you're bound to strike up a convo with the people who sit around you, before class. This has never turned out to be a sure-fire way for me to make friends though, since most of the friends I met were people in my tutorials, labs and acquaintances of those people I met before classes. Join clubs and volunteer with campus organizations and you're bound to make a lot more friends.

and this is coming from someone who's commuted for all my years so far, btw.

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You are doomed.. just join Reddit and get it over with. :0

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Old 08-01-2012 at 01:51 PM   #13
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If you have labs, tutorials or group projects for any of your classes that is a great place to meet people and become friends!

And most importantly, don't stress about it too much! Things will fall into place, just be patient!
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To respond to an earlier post, talking during lectures is a good way to make one friend and quickly gain a sizable following of people who aren't your biggest fans.

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Old 08-01-2012 at 08:15 PM   #15
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I was worried that I wouldn't make any friends in first year. And I didn't.

Seriously though, it's not too hard to meet people. You could just strike up random conversations with people right before lecture. It's not that bad.

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