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Making friends. It sounds simple enough and in many situations it is (after all you probably learned how to do so by the time you were five) but sometimes making is harder than it seems. Regardless of if you just moved to a new high school, are looking for friends outside your social group or some totally different reason, often the easiest way to meet new people is to get involved with things. Here are some great ways to make new friends by getting involved in activities!

Join Some Clubs

Clubs are great because everybody in the club already shares a common interest. Are you passionate about human rights? If so join your school’s chapter of Amnesty International. Have you loved debating since you first learned how to talk? If so join the forensics team at your school. Most schools have a variety of clubs and you should be able to easily find at least one related to your interests. Once you have found a club or two to join, start attending meetings regularly, you will get to know lots of people with similar interests/passions.

Start Your Own Club

In the event that your school doesn’t have a club that interests you your best option may be starting your own club. Many schools have a fairly easy process for starting a club (often you just have to find some people who are interested in and a teacher that will be your adviser). Simply hanging posters around school can help you find people who share your interests

Get Involved With Activities Outside of School

Sometimes you just want to meet high schoolers from outside of your school. When this is the case you should explore what teenager friendly things there are to do in the city you live in. The city I live in has everything from art classes for teenagers to teenager only events, all of which are easy enough to find. Check out what classes and events are being advertised on social media and see if any of them seem like a good fit.

Volunteer

Not only will you get to help your community but you will meet people who want to help too! Some volunteering opportunities are more teen friendly than others, so you might want to consider whether or not there are likely to be a lot of teens. Volunteering as a tutor, at a library and/or as a coach all seem to be things that attract a large teen audience.

Don’t Be Afraid to Just Say “Hi!”

This is my one piece of advice that doesn’t actually involve getting involved with an activity. Sometimes you just don’t have the time (or don’t want to) be doing a million things. So don’t be afraid to say hi to somebody you have never talked to before class one day or to ask some people if you can sit at their lunch table. Most likely the person/people will be happy to get to know somebody new too.

All of my advice is really centered around being involved and I stand by that advice. You might not want to stay for all four years in the clubs that you joined freshman year but it will give you a good starting off point. In the end there is a good chance that you will find yourself not feeling the need to stay involved but in the mean time you are getting the opportunity to meet people who there is a reasonable chance that you will “click” with. So explore the opportunities available to you through your school, local community and city and see what awesome people you can find.



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Samantha Linder is a sophomore at Smith College where she is double majoring in neuroscience and art history. Samantha's favorite words include hippocampus, logorrhea, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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