Published: March 21, 2023

Students participate in a kongo dance classAs the end of the semester nears, it’s a good time to consider whether you made the connections and built the community you’d hoped for this year. If not, you still have time to get involved and meet new people. Plus, you can start considering how you might want to participate in campus activities next year. 

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) offers many ways for students to get involved in campus life. You can also download the CU Boulder Life app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to easily find out about campus events. 

How to start getting more involved

Getting involved can look different for everyone. It can be as simple as attending campus events when you have time, or you can make more of a commitment by joining an organization or program. However you choose to get involved, participating in events and programs can help you meet new friends, discover new interests or hobbies and even explore different career paths.

Be strategic

Think about why you want to get involved and meet new people. Do you want to explore your hobbies and interests? Do you want to fill up your free time? Or would you like to gain experience to add to your resume?

Considering your motives can help you decide where to get involved and help you meet fellow Buffs with similar goals or interests. Then, start exploring the different options based on your preferences. 

Try new things

Trying something new can be a great way to meet and bond with others over a shared experience. Plus, you may discover a new interest or hobby that you enjoy.

Although it can seem scary to attend a meeting or event for the first time, keep in mind that other people may also feel intimidated. You’ll feel more comfortable as you attend more activities.

Make the first move

It can be hard to put yourself out there when trying to meet new people. For many people, it’s common to feel nervous about initiating a conversation. However, you can set a goal to make the first move confidently.

Be the first to introduce yourself when meeting someone new, or be the one to set up plans to hang out. Taking on the responsibility of breaking the ice can help pave the way for new friendships. Getting out of your comfort zone might take effort but it can lead to a broader social circle.