Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013 22:01
By the time junior year rolls around, it’s fair to say that most students have found their close group of friends, which can make the task of working your way into a new group quite daunting. While Boston College students are always a friendly bunch, the mindset of freshmen versus upperclassmen in terms of meeting new people and trying to make friends is somewhat different. However, don’t think that there’s no chance to build some new relationships in the second half of your college career because it does happen.
The obvious options are to try to make friends in class, meet some people that live on your floor, or try to reconnect with people you met early on in college. In my opinion, though, the best way to make new friends is to join a club or activity and meet people through that. Pick one of your interests or something you’d like to learn more about and there’s a really good chance BC has a group for it. It may be uncomfortable at first when you show up as the new guy and you’re an upperclassman, but if you show you’re enthusiastic about the club and want to get involved, I’m sure the other students in it are going to want to get to know you. You’re already going to have a common interest with them, and through the club’s meetings and events, the connections are naturally going to come about. This is the same advice I’d give to freshmen as they start off their BC career. Joining any sort of club, sports team, or committee is going to help you make friends and feel more connected to the school. This holds true no matter what grade you’re in or what your friend situation may be, so get out there and get involved.