5 ways to make friends when you’re taking hybrid classes

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You may feel a lot of pressure in your first year or two of college to make new friends and find your place right away. And while there are a few new hurdles to making connections this year, the most important thing to keep in mind is that finding your place can take time. We recommend trying these five ways to meet new people and create meaningful connections in this new normal.

1. Attend ASU Events.

There are a ton of events going on at ASU all the time. And while most events are remote right now, there are a few you can attend in person, like tours of Tempe’s Memorial Union or Gold Fridays where you can snag merch for wearing ASU gold. Check out the full list of upcoming events from student groups and the Programming and Activities Board here, and check in on even more ASU events here.

2. Connect with your classmates.

Even if you see only half of your class in person, you can use the ASU Mobile app to connect directly with all of your classmates. You’ll be able to see the class roster for each of your classes and request a connection with anyone on the list. From there, it’s up to you. Ask a question about class, create a study group (more on that below) or just strike up a conversation with your classmates. 

3. Join a student group.

Joining a student group is a great way to get involved on campus and explore your interests. It’s also a fantastic way to meet new people. You’ll be meeting and working with students who share an interest of yours — from there, just be brave and start building connections. Check out the upcoming virtual involvement fairs, organized by interest areas, to find a group you’re interested in.

4. Start a study group.

You’re already planning to study for your classes, so why not invite a few of your classmates to join you? Connect with classmates in the Zoom chat, your ASU Mobile app, or from six feet away in the classroom. You can set up a Zoom chat with the group, or find a space to study with a distanced group.

5. Connect on campus.

Even if you need to keep your distance on campus, you can still make connections with the students you do interact with. Whether you meet someone new on campus, in the classroom or at the library, you can smile through your mask and say hello. Then ask your new friend to join you at an on-campus or virtual event, or to grab some food from one of the many on-campus dining options. 

Use these strategies to meet new people and make new connections on campus. Check out our posts on making friends and forming meaningful relationships in college for more advice and tips on creating connections that last. 


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