What worked best for me was taking classes on topics of interest and seek out friends who have a geeky interest in that subject matter. I tend to find I mix well with the science psychology people/seems to attract similar personality types to me. Summer research internships can also involve working in a lab with peers who share common research interests and gives both work experience and potential for friendships. I am not a small talk kind of person so I tend to form friendships based on common interests and the closeness/personal friendships develop very gradually. I don’t have many friends but I care deeply and will do anything for those who become my friends. I am satisfied with the life I have and am not lonely or wanting more.
I also think student clubs or parties are becoming more diverse/inclusive too. For instance the educational psychology department I attend also has board game nights and low-key holiday parties on campus that don’t involve bars or clubs. I also much prefer lunch with a friend or classmate over nighttime parties. I don’t enjoy parties so I avoid them. I think it is counterproductive to fake interest in activities you hate to try and obtain friends. They won’t be real friendships.
I agree with Laura on this! My biggest piece of advice is joining a club, sport, or internship that you feel passionately about, and you will meet people who share those same interests and passions. That will be a great springboard for conversations and hanging out.
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