The best way to know your friends is by doing things together!

Now that you’ve settled into the new school year and made some new friends, it’s time to get to know them better! New friendships are great, and getting to know each other better will help you create stronger bonds leading to healthy friendships where you can rely on, confide in, and support each other in good times and bad.

Incontestably, healthy social connections are associated with several invaluable health advantages – ranging from improved cardiovascular and mental health to increased longevity.

We know sometimes it can be daunting to walk into a new friend group, but with some ice-breaking techniques, you’ll all be best friends in no time.

Take a look at our tips for getting to know your new friend group better!

Join the same activity groups

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What better way to get close to your new friends than by doing something you all love?

Not only will you have something in common with your friends, but you’ll also be able to relate to the same social experience.

Many clubs and volunteering organizations are available on campus, including sports teams, academic societies, and so much more. So, find something that interests you all and get involved!

Gaming with new friends

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Games are a fun way to get everyone teaming up, interacting and laughing together. It really doesn’t matter what games you play! You can play classic games like charades or cards. Or, you could schedule a board game night, hit up a place to play pool or even play some video games together virtually.

Follow each other on social media

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Social media is a great way to keep in touch with your new friend group and see what they’re up to when you’re not together. You can follow each other on Instagram, Snapchat, or even Facebook.

Just remember not to go overboard – after all, nobody wants a stalker!

New experiences with new friends

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One of the best ways to get to know your new friends better is by experiencing new things together. It can be anything from going to a new restaurant to bungee jumping! Trying new things will help you learn about your friends’ likes and dislikes, and it’s a great way to create lasting memories together.

Remember doing activities together solidifies your new friendships – so get out there and start exploring! You never know what you might learn about your new friends and yourself.

Curious to know more? Check out why we stop making new friends as adults.

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