Many freshmen struggle with the same problem coming into college. While meeting new people is intimidating, it doesn’t always have to be. U.W. Madison has some amazing opportunities to help you find lifelong friends while staying active, healthy, and happy. Clubs are one of the best ways to expand your social circle. Read to learn three ways you can be an active participant on campus while making friends!
Join an outdoor adventure club, such as Hoofers.
The Hoofers club is one of the largest social groups at U.W. Madison. From mountaineering to horseback riding, you’re guaranteed to find a group of people who share similar interests. I met my best friends by joining the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard club and have made countless memories skiing across Wisconsin, Colorado, and Utah!
Volunteer with an organization, such as Habitat for Humanity.
If you’re looking to change up a typical Saturday and make a difference in the community, joining a volunteering organization like Habitat for Humanity (H4H) might be the perfect thing for you. The U.W. Chapter of H4H hosts Saturday builds, spring break trips around the country, and social activities for members to relax after a hard day’s work.
Try a new (or old) sport with Intramural Leagues.
If you’re looking to stay active, picking up an intramural sport might be a great option. During my first semester at U.W., I joined an intramural soccer team where I met friends I’d continue playing with throughout all of college. Whether you choose a sport you’ve played for years or something entirely new, intramural sports are a great way to meet friends and stay fit.