Thursday, August 13, 2015

Building Your Social Life in the U.S.

By Mohsen Alzahrani
Student Ambassador, Regis University

Most of the college advice you'll receive will focus on academic achievement, such as how to earn high grades. However, an important element has been neglected when it comes to studying in the United States: having an active social life.

Besides attaining degrees, college students can develop social skills by interacting with their peers during their college years. International students seem to be at a disadvantage in this experience for reasons including language barriers, different interests from native U.S. students, and the adjustment period needed to adapt to a new culture.

Here are some tips for international students to help them make friends during their college years:
  • Join a sports team or student club: Playing sports is one of the best ways to improve your social life in the U.S. Team sports like basketball, soccer, and football give students more opportunities to interact with others while having fun. School clubs such as the school newspaper or the student government are also great ways to meet other students with similar interests. 
  • Try to talk to other students inside the classroom: It may be hard to open a conversation with a native student, so start out by keeping it simple. You can first talk about the course content and then develop your conversation from there.
  • Attend events on campus: Usually, universities and colleges hold different events on campuses. These events are a great opportunity to make friends and share interests. You should not miss these events if you want to build your own friendship network. 
The college years are filled with great experiences. During this time, students not only develop academic abilities, but also utilize this time to build their social network.
Mohsen Alzahrani, who originally hails from Saudi Arabia, is pursuing a master's in teacher leadership at Regis University in Denver. Mohsen aspires to make an impact in the field of education and is expected to graduate in the summer of 2016.

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