No matter how far along you are in your studies, making friends at university can be tough – especially when it seems like everyone else has already found their own circle. So it is important to remember that every year, thousands of new students arrive at Curtin and many are in the same boat as you.
Here are just a couple of ways to get out there and start socialising with your fellow students:
Join a Guild Club
Clubs are a great way to find people with similar interests to you and the Guild has loads of them, ranging from Curtin Fashion Club to Curtin eSports to the Curtin Harry Potter Society. No matter who you are, there is a club for you.
Sign up for Social Sports
If you’re having trouble making friends in the classroom, try making them on the field (or court)! Curtin Social Sport is a weekly sporting competition for students and non-students of all skill levels. There are seven different sports to choose from – including basketball, futsal, volleyball and even extreme Frisbee – with various seasons throughout the year.
Volunteering is a great way to make new friends while also doing something for the community and building up your resume. Curtin Volunteers! is a student-driven volunteering network that offers a range of opportunities for a variety of causes in different settings. If you’re not keen on commitment, they also offer one-off volunteering projects throughout the semester.
Go to a campus event
There is no shortage of on-campus social events at Curtin. If Tav parties aren’t your thing, hit up a craft workshop or see what’s screening at Movie Club. Follow Explore Curtin on Facebook or @CurtinLifeAustralia on Instagram to find out what’s on every week!
Make the first (friend) move
This tip is the most simple but also the most daunting. Initiating new friendships as an adult can feel really awkward and difficult, but remember – everyone else probably feels the same way! A simple “Hi” to the person you’re sitting next to in a tutorial or lecture could be the start of a solid new friendship.
Remember – all friendships take time and good ones take effort, so don’t be put off if you don’t make friends straight away. Give yourself some time and see what happens.