How to Make New Friends at Summer School

Summer School is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and develop your confidence. With all new experiences the first few days can be a little unnerving, especially when faced with the prospect of meeting a new group of people from across the world. Our top tips will help arm you with the skills you need to meet new people and form lasting friendships.

Smile

Make yourself approachable! Something as simple as a smile or saying ‘hello’ can let someone know you’re interested in making friends. Making the first move can be a little daunting but the more you put yourself out there the more you will find that people are attracted to your friendly approach. You will soon find yourself greeting new people with ease and once you’ve got the ball rolling the conversation will follow.

Ask questions

Open-ended questions are a great icebreaker; they show you’re interested in learning about the other person as you invite them to open up about themselves. This is a great way to learn about your peers and establish common ground and you’ll soon find the conversation flowing.

Go Extra – Curricular

Getting involved with activities is a great way to make new friends. Taking part in a sport or activity you enjoy will bring out your confidence and make it easier to establish friendships with people with similar interests. Trying a new activity will allow you to connect with more people and comes with the added bonus of perhaps finding something new you love!

You’re all in the Same Boat

The beauty of Summer School is that everyone is in the same position as you. The first few days will be daunting for everyone and most people will have worried about the prospect of making new friends. Luckily you have common ground with your peers before you even introduce yourself, so with that in mind and the help of these tips you’ll find yourself making friends in no time.

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