How to Make Friends in Your Sophomore Year of College

Making friends during sophomore year requires stepping out of your comfort zone.
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Making friends as a college sophomore can be important if you have lost touch with freshman friends -- or you are looking to connect with more like-minded people. If you want to make new friends, you need to step out of your comfort zone, try new things and strike up conversations. Sophomore year is a great time to forge bonds, so don't feel shy about trying to meet new people during this time.

1 Get Active

To make friends, you need to be around people. Seek out new activities on campus: find a new spot to eat, try a club or activity or attend organized meetings for sophomores, such as ice-breakers or sophomore buddy events. Break out of your old habits and routines and you will be more likely to meet others who are also looking to make new friends.

2 Find Common Bonds

Sophomore year is a great time to become focused. Although you might have become friends with some people you met as a freshman -- but didn't have much in common with -- during sophomore year, you can be more choosy. Seek out people taking the same classes that you are, as you are more likely to have the same interests. Sign up for an activity or club that aligns with your values, such as an environmental group. If you are feeling brave, participate in a week-long volunteer adventure group. You may find friends by sharing such a unique experience with others.

3 Initiate Friendships

It isn't enough to put yourself out there among people -- you need a way to break the ice, says Hartwell-Walker. If you find yourself waiting with a classmate before a class, say something like "How did you find the last assignment?" Each week, talk a bit more until you become familiar with each other. Eventually, you might suggest doing something together after class, such as taking a walk to get coffee or going to the campus bookstore. Be patient, as new friendships take time -- especially those that will be deep and enduring.

4 Be Trustworthy

You've gone new places, met new people, struck up conversations and started a social life -- and now you may wonder how to hold on to friends. Be dependable and trustworthy and you may find that the friends you make during sophomore year stay with you through college. Keep in touch, make plans regularly and show up when you have set a time to meet. Be the type of friend that you want for yourself, and others will respect you as a companion.

Arlin Cuncic has been writing about mental health since 2007, specializing in social anxiety disorder and depression topics. She served as the managing editor of the "Journal of Attention Disorders" and has worked in a variety of research settings. Cuncic holds an M.A. in clinical psychology.