10 Ways to Meet People on Campus

Whether you’re a freshman or a returning upperclassman, the fall semester is full of great ways to meet new people and get involved on campus. Even if you already have your posse, making new friends never hurts, right? Check out these 10 ways to do just that.

10. Join a Club. Joining a club is a great way to meet people outside your classes or dorm/apartment building. There are major-specific clubs, such as the Philosophy Club (though anyone, even non-majors are free to join), and there are also recreational clubs like Club Hockey or the Paintball Team.

9. Visit the chapel. The Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, has worship services every Sunday and Thursday at 11 a.m. For those night-owls, there is also a service held each Sunday at 9 p.m. This is also a great place to catch other events, such as retreats, Stations of the Cross, and choral concerts.

8. Hit the Rec. Playing a game of basketball or racquetball is a good way to spend time with your friends outside your dorm. At the CAP, you can also swim a few laps in Gannon’s 25-yard pool or sign up for intramurals, some of which include whiffleball, dodgeball and cornhole.

7. Attend a sporting event. Gannon has 18 NCAA Division II sports teams. Stop by Gannon Field and cheer on the Golden Knights football team at their next home game versus Mercyhurst College on Oct. 2.

6. Spend some time in your residence hall’s lounge. Pop in a movie and hang out in the lounge – people will most likely stop by on their way through. If you live in Wehrle or Finegan, start up a game of pool with your floor-mates.

5. Join a faith sharing group. Gannon has six faith sharing groups that cater to students on campus. There are specific groups for each gender, as well as Greek organizations and sports teams.

4. Apply for a work-study job. If you’re eligible for a work study, consider applying for a job around campus. These part-time jobs, such as working at the front desk in the Waldron Campus Center or at the sign-in desk in freshman halls, will allow you to interact with students.

3. Mix it up in class. Try sitting next to someone new in class every now and then, even if your best friend is in class with you. Chances are if you’re in the same class with someone, you will have similar interests. Try to strike up a conversation with someone you usually don’t talk to.

2.  Hang out on Friendship Green. Even if there’s not an event happening (Friendship Green often hosts live music and community Masses), Friendship Green is a great place to hang out if you’re tired of being indoors. Sit at one of the picnic tables and catch up on some reading, or grab a Frisbee and a few friends to kill an hour or two.

1. Attend an APB event. APB, the Activities Programming Board, hosts several events for Gannon Students each semester. Interested in watching a new movie, but not interested in driving to the movie theater? APB hosts movies in the Zurn Science Center for only $1. They also organize trips to Cedar Point and ski slopes.

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