Being an introvert is a tricky balance between wanting to be social but not wanting to go through all the logistics of social life. Uni is the best place to meet people with similar interests to you, and there’s potential to make friends for life. This is why its so worth it to make the effort to try and meet new people. I know that this is easier said than done, but here are a few tips you can use when you attend O week, and apply throughout your time at uni as well.
Strike up a conversation before class starts
Sitting in a lecture theatre listening to someone speaking may not seem like the optimal opportunity to make friends, but it is! Step out of your comfort zone and take a seat next to a stranger. Before the information session starts, try starting up a conversation by asking them what they’re planning to study. There’s only so much time before the session speaker starts their talk, so there’s no pressure to keep a long conversation going. And there you have it, you’ve started your first potential friendship!
You can do the same thing in your lectures when uni starts. Ask the person next to you if they got the notes on the power point slide you missed. I’ve found this is a really effective opening line, especially because I’m a slow note taker and am constantly missing notes.
Sign up to clubs and societies
It can be as easy and writing down your email. You’ll get access to a network of people who are passionate about the same things as you are. Start by having a chat with the tent attendants at O week for the clubs you’re interested in. They’re all super friendly!
Get involved in the events your clubs host. Sometimes just showing up can do wonders. Even if you don’t feel like talking to too many people, you might recognise someone later on in a lecture or a tute, and voila, another conversation starter.
Attend a Sunday Social activity
Sometimes activities sound really fun, and look really fun, but you find it hard to get involved on your own. It’s times like these when having a friend from high school with you can make you feel that much more comfortable, and maximise the fun times. So if you know anyone from high school who is also going to QUT, ask them if they’d like to come along with you! I did this, then realised the activities were super fun, they weren’t scary at all, and I ended up going to more on my own.
Hanging out with high school friends is also helpful when trying to make new friends as they can introduce you to people that they’ve met in their circle. It’s a lot easier to speak confidently around someone you know, and having a familiar face around can make things more comfortable.
Making friends at uni is a happy inevitability. It may happen straight away, it may take a bit of time, but you will make some of the best friends you’ve ever had!