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How to Make Friends at University and Escape Your Comfort Zone

/How to Make Friends at University and Escape Your Comfort Zone

It’s much easier to remain within the boundaries of where you feel comfortable than it is to face the fear of venturing beyond them.

“How can I come out of my comfort zone?,”  Here are few simple steps to push their limits.

  1. Take the first step

“In theory, all you need to do is to take the first step. It will be difficult. But as you gain momentum, it is easier to keep moving.”


  1. Put yourself in a new environment

“Begin with some small changes that do not present any real threat. The idea is to place yourself in new arenas where you control the interaction.”


  1. Don’t pick the safe choice

“Every time you’re making a choice, one choice is the safe/comfortable choice, and one choice is the risky/uncomfortable choice. The risky/uncomfortable choice is the one that will teach you the most and make you grow the most, so that’s the one you should choose.”

  1. Consider other points of view

“Surround yourself with very smart people who are a little bit arrogant and disagree with you on many things. Make sure to debate ideas with them, in a civil way, which will cause you to re-examine your beliefs.”


  1. Say “yes” more often

“Say yes even when you don’t think you’re ready. It opens up huge opportunities in your career. Who knows — you might find yourself enjoying something you never got the chance to explore earlier.”


  1. Do what you’re afraid of

“New mindset. It goes like this: Does this scare me? Then I have to do it. That’s how you conquer fear. It never goes away, you just learn how to ride that energy.”


  1. Create challenges to push yourself in areas you want to improve

“Decide on a few challenges for yourself designed to push you outside of your comfort zone in areas you want to develop.


  1. Remember that tomorrow is a new day

“It helps to remember that what doesn’t kill you generally really does make you stronger — you will survive, you will heal, you will learn something, you will have a better chance of emerging unscathed next time.”


Here are some helpful tips on trying to make friends at university.

Take the plunge and say hello

Join a society

Keep your door open and have some treats on hand

Don’t assume you’ll make friends for life during freshers’ week


Everyone is looking to make friends at university, especially during the first few weeks, and there are lots of opportunities for you to do so. If you’re shy or feeling nervous, remember that most people will be friendly and you may just need to push yourself a little at the start to see great results.


Things to do to make friends before starting university

Join online groups for your university and accommodation on social media. These can be a good way of introducing yourself to your fellow students or even planning things to do in your first week.

Tips for making friends with your course mates

Make sure you attend your course’s orientation event. The admin event at the start of term for your course is usually ignored during freshers’ week, but it is a great chance to introduce yourself to your course mates.

Tips for making friends at universities societies

Pick societies you’re really interested in. Pick a society or two that you would genuinely be interested in joining and committing to going to every week and try it out. See which university are good for which societies.



Remember that you have three whole years to settle in and make friends at university. Making friends doesn’t happen overnight but a little effort at the start will go a long way.