Published: Oct. 8, 2019
Students in Buffs gear pose for photo with Ralphie at the Rocky Mountain Showdown

One of the best ways to meet new people on campus is to get involved. While there are many ways to get involved on campus, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin.

Often, the key to getting involved includes taking a step outside of your comfort zone. Going outside of your comfort zone takes effort and can be initially uncomfortable. However, making this effort often leads to new experiences and friends you might not have met otherwise.

No matter where you are in your academic journey, here are three ways to get involved and meet new people.

Explore ways to get involved

Are you looking to explore more hobbies and interests? Are you looking for experiences to add to your résumé? The answers to these questions can help you decide what “getting involved” looks like for you. Also, it can help you meet new people or even find a major that may be a good fit for you.

If you’d like to explore hobbies and interests, check out the hundreds of student organizations on BuffConnect. If you are looking for experience to add to your résumé, consider a part-time job on campus working with other students.

Getting involved looks different for everyone, and doesn’t always have to include a long-term commitment to a group or job. If you feel like you don’t have time right now to commit, there are still ways to get involved through campus events. Attending events allows you to connect with others, gain new experiences and sometimes enjoy free food! Browse the CU Events Calendar for hundreds of upcoming events on campus.

Try new things

Test out some new recipes at Ralphie’s Cooking Basics, make crafts at Pinterest & Popcorn or get moving at free events through the Rec Center. You could also sign up for CU in the Community or gain leadership experience by joining the Journey Leaders. Trying new things can lead to many benefits, including new friendships.

Make the first move

When it comes to forming new friendships, putting yourself out there can be scary. For many people, it’s common to feel nervous about initiating social plans. However, you can use this to your advantage. One strategy to try this semester is to commit to making the first move.

Be the first to introduce yourself when meeting someone new, or be the one to set up plans to hang out. If you take on the responsibility of breaking the ice, it can help pave the way for new friendships. Set up a study group with classmates, ask to sit with someone who’s eating solo in the UMC or organize a movie night with your roommate.

It might take some effort to get out of your comfort zone, but it can lead to new experiences and a wider social circle.