Scott wandered into my dorm room shortly after move-in. He sat on my roommate’s bed and introduced himself. He ate some of the disgusting popcorn that I accidentally brought with me to college. Twenty-two years later, we’re still friends.
You may not have a dorm room or bucket of stale popcorn. And you definitely don’t have a Scott — that man is one of a kind. But I want you to have friends on campus.
The truth is forming new friendships requires effort and time, but it’s totally worth it! Use your time and effort wisely.
I’ve pulled together five small steps you can take today to help open doors of friendship on campus — lessons drawn from my decades of awkwardness and awesomeness.
1. Take stock.
Who do you already know on campus? It’s easier sometimes to turn an acquaintance into a friend than become besties with a total stranger.
In InterVarsity, we sometimes use a tool called a network map to help us decide where to plant new ministries or small groups….