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Updated on Thursday, October 15

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QUESTION: 
I find it really hard to make friends at UW. I'm in arts and it seems as if no one is interested in meeting anyone new in class. Any tips?

 

10 comments

  1. If you're interested in meeting people in class I think the best approach is just to take the first step and start a conversation. I've noticed that most of the time people don't mind talking to one another, but they also don't mind not talking. So while they won't start a conversation, they will participate in one.

    Aside from class there's always the clubs (as in school clubs) route. I don't know what your major is but I think most departments have social events every now and then.

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  2. Honestly, alot of the people you see sitting in class alone would love if someone friendly talked to them! So just talk to them - the worst that could happen is that they're not friendly and aloof but most would be happy to make a new friend.

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  3. jus b urself mane

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  4. These are some things I did to develop my social circle at UW:
    (in no particular order)
    1. Join clubs
    2. Apply to be an exec for clubs
    3. Play League/Dota/CS/Hearthstone/Heroes of The Storm
    4. Study hard to understand material and offer to tutor people
    5. Volunteer for social things like O-Week

    I have a really hard time talking to people at random without a context, but I've been able to avoid that through these steps! Good luck!

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    1. Also, don't expect to meet people in class... I'd personally be pretty annoyed if someone tried to strike up a convo in class since I'm trying to pay attention and/or take notes

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    2. @4a
      THIS
      I see people trying to hook up in class and I see people just annoyed

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  5. Not *during* class. Talk to them before class starts if you're both early and not doing anything else.

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    1. OP here. That's what I meant. Or during mid class breaks for long lectures.

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  6. You think that's bad? Try being in the math where 70% of the kids don't speak english and only socialize with their own people. Arts people are much easier to talk to. The best people to meet are the ones in the your class since a lot of our time as students is spent doing homework and studying.

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    1. I find a fair number of them are willing to speak with you - if you get past their limited English it can be fun. You will have to initiate though.

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