7 unexpected ways to make new friends

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There are a gajillion* ways to get involved on campus, make new friends and be a part of the community. We’re shining the light on seven less commonly known ways to get involved that you may not have heard of yet.

1. Help shape the future of the university

Students who serve on university boards or committees have the chance to make a direct impact on university policies, planning and development. The open positions are varied and include the Student Health Advisory Board and the Technology Advisory Board.

2. Express yourself

If you love sharing your opinions on life around campus, apply to ASU’s independent, student-run news organization, The State Press. You can also submit a letter to the editor on a topic you care about or volunteer to be a part of the student-run radio station, KASC (Blaze radio).

3. Help international students thrive

Make a friend from another part of the world by becoming an ASU Global Guide. This program pairs current American or international students with a new international student. You help the new student navigate campus resources, transition to life at ASU and more.

4. Make a difference

Lead social change in your community and the world by becoming a part of Changemaker Central. Pitch a startup, get inspired at Ignite@ASU and meet students with a passion for making change happen.

5. Attend an on-campus event

There is something happening on each campus every day. We love the Programs and Activities Board calendar because it covers fun events like dive-in movies at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex pool (Tempe campus) and open mic night at West campus. For more events, check out the university-wide calendar.

6. Explore the arts

If you love theater, film or dance, attend an event featuring the students of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. You can even take an elective class in introduction to acting or one of many types of dance to really immerse yourself in the arts.

7. Join a tutoring group

Improve your grades and make new friends by joining a supplemental instruction study group. You’re paired with people studying the same subject matter as you to learn with the help of an SI instructor. You can apply to become an SI leader here.


*slight exaggeration


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