Everyone is nervous and anxious at the start of university – and would welcome someone to strike up a conversation with them. It might be hard to remember that when you're in the moment, so here are some other tips and ideas to help you get and stay socially connected on campus.
Say yes to invitations and practice introducing yourself to people in lectures. Everyone finds it hard to make the first approach, so just do it. There are heaps of ways to get connected – here are a few ideas to get you started.
Check out the clubs on campus. They range across cultural, social, faculty, arts, political and religious groups. If there isn’t something there for you, think about setting a club up yourself. AUTSA will help to support these initiatives.
If public speaking is ultra-scary for you, think about joining our AUT Toastmasters’ Club. It’s a very supportive and friendly atmosphere.
Other great ways to meet people include going to events or volunteering your time to help others. The AUT Student Association holds regular events and always needs people to help at them.
Join the Edge Award and get start attending professional development events and carrying out community service. You can sign up to attend an information workshop, or learn more about the award below. There are four parts to the award and you must complete set projects in each: volunteering, employability, leadership and challenge, and reflection
Everyone wants to make friends as much as you. Here are some ways you can initiate conversation:
Here are some extra tips for making friends when you start university.
Did you know AUTSA has a lodge to hire? The AUTSA Lodge at Tongariro National Park is available at rock bottom prices for AUT students. It sleeps up to 12 people and all you need to take is your sleeping bag and some food. The Lodge is four hours from Auckland and an hour from Taupo.
Some of the content on this page is taken from the Save the Student website, which is full of free advice about saving money as well as other general student life advice. Check out their website for more social connection tips.