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College is a new beginning—a chance to pursue new interests, make new and different friends and discover the true you. Part of this discovery process will depend on the types of people you choose to keep company with. If the prospect of making new friends seems daunting, don’t worry—you’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably in the majority.

In high school, crossing the cafeteria to say “hi” to someone you didn’t know was probably unheard of. Thankfully, college is a lot different. Need an opener? Why not start with “Hi, my name is….” or “Mind if I sit here?” Chances are, the person you’re talking to was hoping someone like you would say hello.

New Places & Faces

College offers a wide variety of clubs to suit nearly every interest. Whether it’s academic, religious, community service-related or recreational, we bet you can find something that will strike your fancy. Joining an athletic activity, student government or an arts-related group will take your college experience to the next level. You’ll gain leadership experience, feel what it’s like to be part of a team, discover new talents and further develop those you already possess. Only a part of your time at college will be spent in the classroom, so it’s up to you to go out there and explore the unknown. Clubs and activities give you a built-in social network—the person signing up in front of you to work on the campus radio station may turn out to be a friend for life. So learn how to swing dance, lend a hand to the community or get political. You’ll be glad you did.

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