F.R.I.E.N.D.S (and getting involved)

March 15, 2016  |   Found in Editorial

You get to a class and settle into your seat for 50 minutes of surfing Facebook attentive learning. You end up meeting a really nice person and end your conversation with “see you on (insert next day of class here)!”. The next day of class comes and goes, as do many after it. In the hustle and bustle of a 200+ person section, you never see them again. And such is life in the turmoil that is university. With the University of Calgary being a predominantly commuter school, it’s easy to make friends, but it’s hard to stay friends. Here are some tips to make sure that you can make some lasting friendships throughout your time at the U of C:

  1. Use your resources. Technology has brought us into an era where we can connect with one another faster and with greater ease than ever before. If you find someone in one of your classes or at an event on campus, get their phone number, email or at least their name to look them before they leave. You never know if this chance meeting can blossom into a beautiful friendship.
  2. Go to labs and tutorials! Not only will you benefit academically from actually going to these, but labs and tutorials are a better opportunity to do group work than when you are in lecture. You can chat with others about aspects that you find tough in the class and even schedule group study sessions. These ‘school’ acquaintanceships, if fostered, have the potential to become good friendships.
  3. Live in rez….or hang out with people who do! When you’re on rez, your room and floor-mates can become like a second family. Since you all live in close quarters, everyone gets to know each other very well, very quickly and friendships are formed almost instantly. For those of us who commute, it can be a little tougher. However, getting to know and becoming friends with people who do live in residence will give you the opportunity to participate in this family-esque atmosphere too!
  4. JOIN CLUBS!! I can’t stress this one enough. Joining clubs is beneficial in so many ways. It can give you a sense of belonging, is a bridge for you to meet people with similar interests that you can build friendships with, and looks pretty good on a co-curricular record. To take a look at all the clubs that can be found on campus, go to suclubs.orgsync.com/clubslist.

So there you go, maybe it is possible to keep in touch with Lucy from Econ or Eric from Physics! I hope that these few tips will help you to be able to build some lasting friendships AND give you a bridge to get more involved on campus. Have a great rest of the semester!

Originally posted on Mar. 15, 2016.

Daniela Galindo is a 3rd year business and international relations student. She is a Program and Events Assistant with the SU. In her free time she likes eating cold pizza and going on long walks with her dog. You can check her out on Instagram @danielagalindo15