I’ll be first to admit that I have fallen into the trap of mostly becoming friends with people on the same course as me and sticking with them. Honestly, I’m still better friends with people on my course than others – especially seeing as I live with 5 of them – but while there are many benefits to this, it also has its disadvantages. Here’s why I think it’s worth making friends with people outside of your own course:
1. More opportunities to party
Maintaining a social life at uni is very important, and there are so many ways you can do it. Your first experience of this would likely have been as soon as you moved into Halls – there’s only a small chance that you lived with people from your course, so immediately you are forced to socialise. It’s worth making the effort to keep doing this! By meeting new people, you expand your social circle and the more people you know the more likely you are to have an active social life. Which also means you’re also more likely to be invited to things, like parties – everyone likes a good party, right?
2. It’ll expand your horizons
University is all about personal growth, reinventing yourself, and all those other clichés… By putting yourself in that awkward situation of having to meet new people, you are learning valuable life skills. I know I have – I would not be in the position I am right now if I didn’t take that leap of faith of meeting a wide variety of people outside my course. So, by pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, you can build up your self-confidence whilst gaining valuable social skills.
3. It’s a way to meet like-minded people
Now I know that your coursemates clearly already share one big interest with you, but it’s always good to meet others who share your other interests. There are a vast number of societies here at Cardiff Met, from Dumbledore’s Army to the Drama Society, the Asian Society and many more.
If you’re feeling sporty why not join a Sports Team? Not competitive? Join a Pinnacle Campus Sports team, I personally attend the non-competitive Basketball. There’s definitely a strong sense of community here at Cardiff Met and it’s so easy to become part of it.
4. A wider social circle could impact your future
Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) students have a Module called “Field” we’re required to work with students from other courses to complete a project. It’s the perfect scenario of what our futures could be, it teaches us the value of teamwork and how to learn from each other. Meeting students from different disciplines is also a great chance to start networking, I know it might seem too early to think about that sort of thing, but sooner or later you’ll realise it’s all about who you know.
As the CSAD Rep I’ve been helping increase the interactions between courses with a termly Social. The first one was a massive success with many students, who expressed how much they enjoyed it and how helpful it was. With our Field projects, it helps to start getting to know people before you begin as you’re more likely to want to do work with people you already know. This Term it’s back bigger and better, I have also decided to open it up to the whole University, so CSAD Students can bring friends from other schools. I hope to see you there!
Looking for more on making friends at Cardiff Met? Check out Sport and PE student Gwen’s post.