The first few weeks of college may be the furthest you’ve ever had to step out of your comfort zone. For me, it was terrifying to have to completely start fresh in regards to friends and connections. Luckily, everyone is in the same boat. Finding your people is truly the best part of the experience.
Meet people on your floor
One of the easiest ways to break the ice during the first week is to leave your dorm door open. This shows your floor mates that you are ready to mingle! Don’t be afraid to walk through the halls and say hi to your new neighbors as well! This is an age-old freshman custom!
Go to the Union
Memorial union is everyones favorite hangout spot! The union terrace overlooks Madison’s beautiful Lake Mendota, making it the perfect location to watch the sunset or grab a bite to eat with your new friends. Some of my fondest memories at UW-Madison. include golden hour at the terrace with my friends.
My personal favorite way of feeling like a part of a community here is simply getting involved. As cheesy as it sounds, joining clubs and organizations was how I found my place here on campus. This is. the best way to find people who have similar interests and tastes as you.