Depending on who your friendship is with, it can seemingly go 1 of 2 ways.
It can be an unbreakable bond where your communication doesn't even have to be verbal; body language is all it takes for the two of you to effectively communicate.
On the other hand, some friendships may seem more complicated to you; you may have to dive deeper into getting to know someone, which could seem like more trouble than it's worth. You'll have to make choices with these kinds of people: does the good outweigh the bad in the friendship? (Hint: most times it does!)
In university, friendships can be formed anywhere—classrooms, the library, the gym, the drop box location of your next assignment—even the communal bathroom!
Friends are one of the many puzzle pieces of university that will make your time enjoyable and worthwhile, but most importantly, memorable.
Surround yourself with positive people
Take every interaction as an opportunity to network who you are and what you have to offer this world. After all, you never know, you could be stuck in an elevator with your dream employer, right here on campus!
Make new friends and take time to get to know new people. Find friends that motivate you, cheer you on and encourage you to be the best you.
Stay true to yourself and you'll attract the right people—the ones who will truly add value to your learning experiences. Great minds think alike, am I right?
The reality is, you can not and will not please everyone in your life; you should still always be yourself.
If something isn't going your way or you feel like you aren't connecting with certain people, that's OK! But don't start seeing yourself through the eyes of someone else—don’t do that!
Always remember where you came from, what you stand for, who you are—and be that unapologetically.
In terms of peer pressure, believe it or not, the biggest form of peer pressure comes from friends. A stranger can’t randomly tell you to do something and you do it…or would you? In that case, stranger danger!
Be open and have the mindset that there is always room for personal growth. True friends will keep you accountable for all your actions, while cheering you on from the sidelines.
Trust me, it's like a rebirth every time you learn something new or discover a new character trait about yourself; embrace it and grow!
Help each other out
It’s great to have healthy competition in your friendships. Your friends's strengths may be your weaknesses and vise versa. You'll both grow by helping each other improve and being there for one another.
At the end of the day, everyone needs a little help sometimes. Find someone that will be there for you no matter what and do the same for them.
Don’t be scared to let people go. If something isn't enriching your life and helping you grow as a person, it may be time to invest in other things.
Know your true friends and keep them close. Change may be constant in life but the consistent things are your family and friends, and those that make you happy to go through life.
University is a place for learning—academically and socially. Invest in friendships, old and new. Let's get through it all together!