Tips for Creating a Great First Impression and Making New Friends Your First Week on Campus

Be helpful and considerate
Having roommates and being in a new living situation can often be stressful at first, even if you click as friends.  Before settling into your new space, offer to help your roommates carry in their belongings or bring some snacks to share.  Ask them about their interests.  Introduce yourself to their families.  Invite them to dinner with your family if they’ve arrived by themselves.  Laying the groundwork for a positive relationship with your roommates can go a long way to help things go smoothly

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