Friends. They’re something we all want and desire. They’re people we can talk to and trust and have fun with and experience life with. However, coming into college I barely knew anyone else attending the school, and I knew I would have to make friends. Just like most people, this scared me. I desired a community of people where I could belong and be loved, but I was afraid to go out and meet total strangers who may or may not become my friends. Through my own experiences, I discovered that in order to make friends, I needed to take the initiative and meet people for myself. After all, if you don’t meet people how will you become friends with them?
While your group of friends may or may not drastically change from high school to college, there is an importance of community throughout all stages in life. You see, we were designed by the Creator to have community with each other. Just take a look in Genesis 2:18 when God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper for him.” And then later on in Acts the Bible says, “Every day [the believers] continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people...” We were made to fellowship with other people, and it is important to take the initiate to go out and meet a community where you can belong and be loved. Below are some practical ways you can get out and meet people on your new college campus:
- First off, PRAY that God will bring you to a community of believers where you not only grow closer to those people, but closer to the Lord.
- Attend church and get involved with ministries there! This will allow you to meet other college aged Christians as well as people from all generations.
- Join a campus organization for something you are passionate about and meet people who are equally as passionate (Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, etc.)
- Check out your campus’ BSM! The BSM is where I immediately got plugged into a community of believers who are now some of my very best friends. The BSM also provides Bible studies and many ministries where you can serve the Lord and others.
- Don’t go home every weekend. Allow yourself more opportunities to meet and get to know people.
Written by Ashley, a student at