50+ Ways to Make Friends In College

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Making friends is always hard, but in college there are a ridiculous amount of spaces practically designed to help you get to know other people.

We suggest picking a handful of options on this list it’s less about any particular thing, and more about getting out there with a friendly and determined-to-meet-people attitude.

Once you’re out of your dorm room or apartment on a regular basis, that moment where you smile and relax because you are actually connecting with someone you like? That will come a lot sooner than you think.

  1. Go to campus events (speakers, protests, music).
  2. Join a student activity/organization.
  3. Strike up a conversation in class.
  4. Chat people up in your dorm.
  5. Get a job on campus.
  6. Say yes to invitations.
  7. Try “mind if I sit here” at a dining hall.
  8. Become an RA.
  9. Don’t be someone you think is cool, just be yourself.
  10. Message people before the school year starts.
  11. Volunteer on campus.
  12. Reach out to people in your class to collaborate on homework or study.
  13. Get off of social media. Get off of your phone.
  14. Host something and invite people.
  15. Start a study group.
  16. Use We3 for free and the app will find awesome people for you.
  17. Go to a party. Use liquid courage.
  18. Find a social butterfly friend and stay close by.
  19. Talk to people at orientation. Or your first day of class..
  20. Keep your dorm room open.
  21. Clean yourself up, dress as well as you can.
  22. Actually say hi and introduce yourself… You can do it. Seriously.
  23. Play rec sports.
  24. Go to the org fair.
  25. Have a few starter conversation topics in mind.
  26. Join a fraternity or sorority.
  27. Join an on campus religious community.
  28. Hang out in common areas.
  29. Become a tutor.
  30. Smile (this one helps a lot).
  31. Call on old friends from high school if you’re still in the area.
  32. And relax – most people are pretty nice and often anxious themselves.
  33. Strike up a conversation at the gym.
  34. Show up early for class and strike up a conversation.
  35. Ask better questions.
  36. Become a student leader on campus.
  37. Room with someone you don’t know.
  38. Use social media to find real life events and go to them.
  39. Tell more interesting stories.
  40. Overcome anxiety or shyness slowly by setting small goals.
  41. Chat up people on the bus.
  42. Find the late night food spots and be sociable.
  43. Make small talk in the laundry room.
  44. Hit a coffee shop.
  45. Do research with a professor.
  46. Try social dancing (contra, swing, etc).
  47. Be friendly everywhere.  From an elevator to the quad.
  48. Not sure where to start? Leave your room and just show up.
  49. Be kind; give authentic compliments.
  50. Challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone. It may be required!
  51. Don’t trip yourself up. That was just # ways to meet friends; the only thing stopping you is you.

Are there any social spaces you’ve met people that we’ve missed? Our mission is to connect you the person you’re best friends with in a parallel universe, but somehow never bumped into in this one.

After letting us know a little about your interests and personality, we connect you in small group of two other people who like what you like and are already “your person.” If you haven’t given it a try, it may save you a lot of trouble (psst, did we mention it’s free?).

-Julian

 

 

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17 Boston Events You MUST Check Out in June

Warm weather, outdoor art and music, parades and secret gardens?

Boston in June is pretty awesome.

Here’s our list of the 17 events not to miss this month:


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  1. Park Fest

June 23rd

Art-making, sculpture discovery, local artists and artisans, live music, performances, food and more at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.


  1. Roxbury International Film Festival

June 20th-30th

Kicking off a Juneteenth celebration with a showing of Black Panther, the Roxbury International Film Festival at the MFA is “the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color.”

Check out the lineup here, filled with a mix of narrative, documentary, youth, and experimental films.


  1. See Cirque Du Soleil

The world famous Cirque Du Soleil will bring its Luzia show to Boston beginning June 27th.


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  1. See Boston for Free

There are some awesome shows, tours, and exhibits in June, but if you prefer to see the town without opening up your wallet, you’re in luck.

Check out the loads of free events over at the Greenway. Play croquet, check out a film screening, or catch fireworks at Christoper Columbus Park.  The Juneteenth Celebration at the MFA is free. The Boston Calling Block parties, with an awesome summer lineu, is free all summer long. And beginning on June 29th, Free Fun Fridays makes many popular museums and galleries free for a day.


  1. Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade

June 17

Dating back to 1786, the annual commemorates the American Revolution’s first battle. The parade begins on Vine Street and Bunker Hill Street, and will include reenactment, music, floats, and more.


  1. Dragon Boat Races

June 9th-10th

The 39th annual festival includes not only boat races, but performances, arts and artisans, and admission is free.


  1. Tall Ships

June 16th-22nd

Kicking off at with Boston Harbor and the Boston fireboat ceremonially spraying water as a backdrop, check out this series of free events. Don’t miss the festival and public boarding of the ships on June 17th.


  1. Visit Fenway Park and Cheer on the Red Sox

June is the best time of year to sit back and enjoy a hotdog under the lights at Fenway Park. If that’s not enough to get you out, maybe the concert series at Fenway will.


  1. Whale Watching

According to the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, the Boston area is home to several types of whales, “including acrobatic humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, as well as pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. White-sided dolphins may also put in an appearance.” Buy whale watch tickets with Boston Harbor Cruises, 7 Seas Whale Watch, or Captain Bill & Sons Whale Watch.


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  1. The Boston Duck Tour

Check out Boston via land and sea with the famous Boston Duck Tour. Departing from the New England Aquarium and Prudential Center & the Museum of Science, the Duck Tour boasts its experience as “Boston’s most popular tour.”


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  1. Check out a Show

Whether Blue Man group at Charles Playhouse, or one of the many other concerts this June, there’s no shortage of excellent shows this month.


  1. Boston Pride Parade

June 9th

Beginning at City Hall around 11 a.m., this year’s pride parade will showcase over 300 organizations. Check out events happening all month long in June here.


  1. Harbor Fest

June 28th-July 4th

“Boston Harborfest is a 37-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and history. With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!”


  1. Tour Boston’s Secret Gardens

Each year many of  Boston’s private gardens open their gates for a limited time and allow the public a peek inside. Most tours take place in June, so be sure you check out every hidden oasis you can before time runs out!


  1. Bamfest

June 23rd

“The Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival is an epic one day, outdoor, multistage, fun-for-fall festival that aims to promote, connect and celebrate Afro-centric  culture, heritage, and contributions to the American fabric as expressed through art, music, food and entertainment with a global community.” Check out the lineup here.


  1. Chefs in Shorts

Leading chefs come together t`o grill and create their favorite dishes in an outdoor summer style barbecue. Ticket includes complimentary beer, wine and tastings.


  1. Sail the Charles River

June is nearly the middle of sailing season in Boston. Whether you want to learn how to sale via lessons, or looking to charter, there are many options on Boston’s waterfront.


Don’t have someone to go with?

Don’t miss out on an awesome event because your friends aren’t interested in going.

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Why Tribes Are of the Same Gender

We3 was designed to make the friendship-making process as safe, comfortable, and creep-proof as possible.  Especially during our early stages, we are committed to creating spaces that allow our pioneering users to make connections, make plans, and make memories, without having someone make moves.

To prevent We3 from sliding into a dating or mating project, we match you into a Tribe of three, we keep your profile photos private, and we currently divide our Tribes by gender. This last choice is mainly for our women users, who have reported being accosted online and are tired of unwanted and unsolicited attention.

Since our launch exactly two months ago, we have received a lot of thoughtful messages from users that were disappointed with the binary nature of Tribes on We3.

We are really sorry if this move doesn’t represent all our members in terms of identity and sexuality, and we are also very aware that most people have only good intentions. We made this decision based on feedback from our pilot users last year and from our female friends in general. Although it is a minority of users who will be prone to misuse We3, given that they can negatively impact on the two other people in the Tribe, we can’t take that risk just yet.

Nevertheless, we definitely welcome any suggestions to help us make the We3 environment accessible, secure, and positive for all our members. Thanks to some of your feedback, we are already thinking of how we can make an eventual transition to a more mixed-gender-inclusive environment, without compromising the experience of others.