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How to make friends at international college

Posted 13 September 2013
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No one’s an island. You’ve probably come across that saying before. In between all that learning-studying activity you’ll need to have friends with whom you not just form study groups with, but also make up part of your social life.

No one’s an island. You’ve probably come across that saying before. In between all that learning-studying activity you’ll need to have friends with whom you not just form study groups with, but also make up part of your social life.

Well that’s one of the huge benefits of studying at an international college. It’s just like having a huge box of different chocolates to choose from. That certainly is thrilling. At an international college you have the privilege of making friends from all over the world with people of various nationalities. And that includes the staff too.

Now the question is: How do I do this?                                                                             

If you’re an extroverted and very jovial person, this task should probably be a piece of cake for you. However, if you’re the more studious type then I guess you should pay proper attention to these suggestions:
                                                                

●    Have confidence: You have to be comfortable with your own self and build some self-esteem before you reach out to know others. It doesn’t have to be much, but at least a little. This is vital in your quest in making friends.

●    Smile: This is so important. Remember you’re in a building full of people who are all potential friends and soon could be your good mates. Make good use of those lovely set of teeth and once in a while flash a smile at someone. Okay now don’t overdo it so you don’t seem weird and end up achieving the opposite results. Putting on a cheerful appearance won’t hurt a soul. It’ll not only make you more approachable but will make you look more prettier than you actually are :D

●    Be nice: There are so many ways of being nice. Holding the lift or door for someone is just one of the ways. Look for more ways. Don’t be all mean and uptight, you’ll frighten people that way.

●    Join some clubs or extracurricular activity: Bellerbys College offers a range of non-academic activities from street dance, drumming, acapella (singing) to football, table tennis and so many others. There’s always somethiing to get involved. If you’re the type that feels more at ease when you don’t have a teacher in front of you, then I suggest you quickly join an activity. This will not only get you positively busy but you’ll get to meet and interact with people who have the same interests as you.

●    Class interaction: In the college, everyone is assigned to a class with maximum of 10 people. That means no one is intimidated by size of their class. It’s normal to be shy initially but as time goes on try to involve yourself in the class. Participate actively in discussions try not to be passive or silent. This will not just help improve your grades but also improve your confidence and help to make good friends within the class.

I’m pretty sure you’ll get along dear new students, so do not worry. If at all you do have any worries, there’s always someone to talk to in all the four locations of Bellerbys College. Better still, there’s a list of who to talk to in communal areas so you don’t need to start asking around just in case you’re shy. Enjoy your stay at the college and work hard and play (not too hard though).

OSAIKHUWUOMWAN, Osariemen (LOVE) 


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