Don’t be afraid to start a conversation

Raise of hands if you’re struggling to make friends right now.

Navigating online classes for two years has made it difficult to get back out there socially. We’re accustomed to attending classes in our pyjamas or using WhatsApp for most group assignments and we’ve missed out on interacting with our peers face-to-face.

Now that we’re back in person, it’s time to shake things up. So, here are four ways you can make friends on campus without feeling socially awkward. And you may never know, you might just meet your next best friend!

So, let’s see how we can spruce up our social lives.

Visit Humber fitness centres

Homer from the "Simpsons" is crawling on the treadmill.

You might be wondering how going to the Humber gym leads to friendships.

Here’s how. You might consider attending a Zumba class or another fun fitness class. During the workout, you have a strong chance of meeting someone. And who knows, you might become close friends.

Or even better, gym buddies.

Join a club

Marge from the "Simpson"  is hosting a ladies book club for her friends GIF

Are you aware of the different clubs on campus? If not, you’re missing out. With so many clubs to join, you can interact with people who have similar interests to you. And form friendships too! So join a club that interests you or start your own!

Attend social events

A group of people is dancing and having fun.

Now, who doesn’t like fun events? It’s the best time to socialize and unwind.

And social events are the perfect way to meet new people and make friends. Whether you attend a cultural gathering, a concert or some other type of event, we’re sure you’ll have a good time!

So what are you waiting for? Register for a social event on campus! There’s always so many options to choose from!

Attend IGNITE’s Speed Friending event

Four friends dressed in coats are walking and holding hands.

What’s the best way to get to know someone? Through conversations, of course. Speed friending is similar to speed dating, but you make new connections and friendships. If you’d like to attend, here’s everything you need to know.

Speed friending sessions will be from Tuesday, Jan. 10, to Friday, Jan. 13. You will have the opportunity to meet new people between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. And guess what? Games will be available for you to play and win prizes.

Sounds like a good opportunity to you? Register for a session today!

We know it hasn’t been easy, making friends post-pandemic. But it doesn’t have to remain that way. There are so many ways to form friendships on campus. Even though you might feel socially awkward trying to make friends. But what’s better than knowing you can grab coffee with a friend?

So start a conversation today. It will be worth it in the end.


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