You can also read this blog in Welsh.
If you’re starting uni at Cardiff Met this year you might be a bit worried about how you’re going to make friends. Don’t panic – you’ll be fine!
If you want some ideas on how to go about it, my 6 top tips for making friends in first year might help:
1. Be Social
If you’re living in halls, simple things like wedging your door open whenever you can will allow people to feel more comfortable with each other. It also gives you a chance to have conversations with people you’re living with.
Don’t lock yourself in your room, no matter how scary it may be to go and talk to new people – you’ll be living with your flatmates for the next 9 months, so get comfortable! Believe it or not you’re going to bond with this group of people over everything from nights out to simple things like washing clothes and food shopping.
2. Go out (or stay in) for drinks
There’s no denying that this can be a great way to break the ice and get to know new people, but if you’re not a big drinker and you don’t really know your limits, make sure you be careful in Freshers’ week. You don’t want to become a liability and stop yourself and new pals from having fun.
Playing drinking games can be fun, and being a little drunk is fine too – just be sure you know what you’re doing and that you stay safe.
3. Join a sports team/social Club
At Cardiff Met we have so many sports opportunities available, and many other types of clubs and societies where you can mix with others who share the same interests as you.
These clubs are great for meeting people, and a lot of them throw social gatherings where you can meet people from every year at the university. These sometimes get a bit boozy, so again, make sure you stay within your limits! But not to worry though, all your peers will be in the same boat.
The university hosts events too, like mixed touch Rugby tournaments, which are really good for bonding because you’re all working together as a team.
4. Bond with your course mates
If like me you decide to do a Welsh medium course, this will give you the opportunity to make some really good friends. As the groups are quite small your relationships grow because you’re so often with the same people. I have made some really great friends this way. The Brecon residential is a great chance to build some really great friendships.
Don’t worry if you’re on an English language course though – you’ll get split into groups for seminars, a bit like form groups at school. The same can happen here as you’ll be in this group for all your seminars. You’ll soon be more relaxed around everyone and you’ll find it easier to get to know people.
5. Be yourself
Cliché I know, but it’s important that you don’t shape yourself to fit the mould. For example, if you don’t drink, don’t change just to fit in with what everyone else is doing. I’m sure you’ve all heard this since you were young, but it’s really important!
6. Just enjoy the experience
…because it goes too quick!
Looking for more top tips for first year? Check out our other Freshers’ guides.