Last semester, I didn’t make a whole lot of new friends. I did, however, become closer friends to the people I had met before in this area, thanks to the fact that I now live a matter of minutes away from them versus an hour and a half. I got to know one dance friend whom I’d always thought was really nice much better, and we spend a lot more time hanging out now. I also started carpooling with another dance friend, and we shared a lot about ourselves during our car rides and became much closer than I expected. I hope we remain good friends even though we can’t carpool this semester. I also became very close to the person I dated, and we’ve remained close since. I did manage to make one friend in my Accounting class as well, which was really nice because he was very helpful throughout the school year and made the class much more enjoyable.
This semester I would like to do a better job of making friends through my classes though. My mom suggested I try and have at least a 3 minute conversation with one new person per day, but I think that would be too much for me. I do have the mindset that I will try to talk to and get to know at least two people every time I’m at an event or social setting though. And I do want to try and make at least one, preferably two, friends in each of my classes. I’ve noticed that I enjoy a class much more when I have a friendly face to talk to each class period. It’s hard to make the initial “move” to talk to someone new, but almost every time I’ve done it, I’ve been glad I did and the other person is appreciative and receptive. I just need to remind myself of this when the nerves overwhelm me and keep me from getting someone’s attention to introduce myself. I’ve been through this many times before though, so I know I am capable and know it just requires saying something, no matter if it’s a question about the homework, the textbook, or the class in general. As the picture says, I will put myself out there this school semester!