It is normal to have no friends at first

When you come to college, it is normal to not have any friends. I know firsthand.

When I came to BGSU from Cincinnati, only one person from my high school attended BGSU with me. While I knew of him, we had never talked in high school, and we did NOT talk at all once I came to BGSU.

So I was a freshman, three hours from home, AND I had no friends. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about my college choice. And to make things even more challenging, my roommate was an international student from Shanghai, China.

Now, I’m not saying that international students are difficult to live with, because my roommate was actually very easy to live with. But it was definitely a culture shock for me (my roommate did not speak any English), and I was extremely nervous about how I was going to make new friends.

A ton of people told me that I should change roommates because I wouldn’t be able to make new friends with my Chinese roommate, but I stayed with him. And I’m really glad I stayed because I made a ton of friends who I still keep in touch with.

Most students who come to college start out by not having any friends, and that is normal! I think it makes the college experience much more exciting because you get to meet a bunch of new people and make a bunch of new friends!

I think the biggest thing that helped me meet new people and make new friends was keeping my dorm room door OPEN and not being shy in my classes.

If you are sitting in your dorm room with your door closed, it will be much harder for you to meet new people. If you keep your door open, the people on your floor can come and talk with you.

Even if you are not sure about your roommate (like me), you will still be able to make new friends. Not all roommates work well together, but you can still meet new people on your floor or in your classes. I met a ton of my current friends in my classes. I met my best friend here at BGSU in one of my classes!

If you be yourself, bravely meet new people and keep your door open then you will make new friends in no time!

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