Making friends inside and out of your academic discipline can enchance your university experience.

Socializing with strangers can be difficult, but finding new friends will make your entire university career interesting and fun. Stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people can ignite new interests, persuade you to try new things, or just make your lectures more bearable.

Here are three simple guidelines we recommend during your first couple weeks at UTM:

Check out Clubs Week

From September 13 to 17, UTM Registered clubs will be in the Student Centre giving out information about their organization. Check it out! You might meet some great people who share the same interests as you.

Be Friendly and Sociable

Whether you’re in class or waiting for the bus, make a conversation with the people around you. You might feel awkward or even terrified, but introduce yourself to people and try to make friends. These people can help you on class assignments or can become your lunch buddy. The point of the matter is that you should always meet new people. You can never have too many friends!

Build Relationships with Your Professors

Building relationships with your professors early on will help your process in applying for graduate school or finding a job. That is not to say that you have to be in their office every day and become the “teacher’s pet”. However, be polite, ask questions when confused, and visit your profs every so often to discuss class material or assignments.

We hope these tips are helpful, and that you remember: the first year of university is your foundation for the next three exciting years.

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