Warning: I’m going to talk about myself a little in this blog post.
Four years ago, I was in your shoes. I was about to start my freshman year at LSU, and I was coming from a high school class of 44 students. I was very intimidated by LSU, and I did not think I was going to meet anyone. But (spoiler alert!) I graduated, and I had the time of my life. I didn't make friends as quickly as I would have hoped freshman year, so I'm going to share some tips so you can hit the ground running when you get here.
Don’t Think You’re the Only One
College is much different from high school. Everyone wants to make new friends. Even those who are local want to branch out and meet new people as badly as everyone else. You’re definitely not the only one who wants to make friends. There will be about 5,000 other freshman in your shoes on the first day of class, so just take a deep breath and don’t be nervous.
Join Your Class’s Facebook Group
Every incoming freshman class at LSU has their own Facebook group, and it’s a great place to get questions answered and arrange meet-ups long before the first day of class. Don’t be afraid to ask who’s going to be in your hall or major, and invite some people to have lunch at the Union or hang out on the Parade Ground. It’s a great way to feel like you’re a part of LSU before you get here. (Class of 2017)
Attend the Official LSU Welcome Event
This year the Official LSU Welcome Event will take place Sunday, August 25 (the night before class starts) in the PMAC. Jambalaya will be served at 5:30 and the welcome begins at 6:30. Not only is it a great place to meet other freshmen, but you’ll get an exclusive performance from the Tiger Band and LSU Cheerleaders.
Force Yourself to Attend Socials
Even if you think they’re not your thing, all the socials thrown by Campus Life and Residential Life are a great place to make friends. Force yourself to go, and you’ll be so happy to have friends to attend other events with. Remember, you’re not the only one who may not know anyone or who wants to meet people.
Introduce Yourself to Someone During Your First Class
Don’t just go through class your first week and never talk to anyone. Introduce yourself. Ask the person next to you what their major is, or if they’ve heard if the class is going to be hard. Even if that person doesn’t turn out to be your best friend, you just might have a study partner for the first test.
Go to the Involvement Fair
Every semester, Campus Life hosts an Involvement Fair at the Union where tons of student organizations are present. This year it will be on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you see an organization you like, join it! Not only will you meet people with similar interests, but you’ll have events and meetings to attend.
Don’t be nervous about your first day! Everyone wants to make friends, just like you do. Are you a current student? What advice do you have for new freshmen during their first week at LSU?