Tips for Incoming Freshmen: Making Friends at Purchase!
June 13, 2017
by Danny Smith
As an incoming student, I remember being so nervous about making friends on campus. I knew a few people from home who went to Purchase, but they were upperclassmen and I was worried I would be too uncool for them. I was in a suite, so I knew I would be around people, but what if my suitemates didn’t like me? Who would I go to the Welcome Week events with?
Most freshmen worry about social life on campus, but fortunately, Purchase is one of the friendliest communities I’ve ever been a part of! Here are some tips on making the most of it:
1. Join the Purchase Facebook group
To join student groups at Purchase on Facebook, first you have to be added to the main group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/groupsatsunypurchase/. For this, you’ll need to have your Purchase email address set up. After you’re added to the group, you’ll be able to see all of the student Facebook groups! Browse them and find something you like- maybe a club you want to get involved in or a discussion group. There should be a Facebook group for your class, which is great for meeting other incoming freshmen. The biggest Purchase group on Facebook is the Open Forum, where students post everything from their impressions of classes and professors to humorous memes.
2. Connect with other incoming freshmen online
This ties into the last tip, but if you join the group for your class, introduce yourself! You can post about yourself- your nickname, major, and what clubs you want to get involved in. Post your schedule to connect with people in your classes. Comment on others’ statuses to get to know them, or start a group chat! Facebook is a great way to connect with other students before Orientation and Welcome Week.
3. Get to know your roommate(s)/suitemates over the summer
If you’re living on campus, you’ll get an email when you’re assigned to housing. Friend your roommate(s)/suitemates on Facebook and shoot them a message to introduce yourself and get to know them. Not only is this a great way to make a friend or a group of friends before you get to school, it’s also important to communicate on things like who has a Keurig and who’s buying the rug. If you can’t find them on Facebook, email them- Purchase email addresses are almost always [first name].[last name]@purchase.edu.
4. Don’t be afraid to talk to upperclassmen and student leaders
We don’t bite! College is a lot different from high school. I worried when I came in as a freshman that my older friends wouldn’t want to hang out with me, but they were totally cool with it, and so were their friends! There’s not much separation by age, so even though it may seem intimidating, it’s always okay to strike up a conversation with a senior. Also, talk to your Student Orientation Leaders (SOLs), your Resident Assistants (RAs), and your Admissions Ambassadors (like me!) We’re here to help you, but we also want to be your friend (for real).
5. Remember that all of the other new incoming students are in the same boat as you!
Let’s face it: it’s scary being the new kid anywhere. But in college, all freshmen are new kids! You’re all in the same position. Make the most of it!