Friends – the family we choose for ourselves.

Friends make life a little sweeter.

And today is  ‘Make a Friend Day’ – the day to stop, take stock of your friends, and make some new ones too!

Life as a student can be tough but is an extremely rewarding journey and even better one spent with friends. Your first year of uni is a great time to invest a little extra effort and time into speaking, smiling, and talking to your fellow students.

A wise proverb states, “In order to have friends, you must first be one”.

Making friends simply starts with a hello but maintaining them takes more time and words. The following list is a helpful reminder of the simple yet keys to making and maintaining friends.

  • Call people by their name – people love hearing the sound of their own name.
  • Speak to people – be bold to make the first approach and start a conversation with someone – who knows where you’ll be in a few years.
  • Smile at people.
  • Be genuinely interested in people, their thoughts, and opinions.
  • Be generous with praise and cautious with criticism.
  • Be friendly.
  • Be thoughtful.
  • Be kind.

I’m in my fourth and final year of uni and looking back I can say that its worth taking a bit of time after classes and lectures to say hello and make friends with the people around you in classes. Inevitably you will have to be part of a group project at uni and knowing and having friends in your area of study to have in your group project makes them so much more enjoyable.

I got to make large pieces of furniture for my design degree with my friends and we got to know each other even more from all the late nights, long days in the design workshop and afternoons planning and building our furniture. These friends were a source of encouragement, laughter and strength when we got extremely annoyed at how long it took to finish our assignments. It is also extremely helpful making friends in your degree because when you’re up late at night or in the wee hours of the morning you can message your friends and find out they’re still up too! That is probably the most relieving feeling as a student.

So make some new friends!

Life is sweeter together.

Happy National Make a friend day!

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