Congratulations! You've made it to college and you're not the only one eager to start college life. To earn instant respect from your classmates and friends, remember to always be authentic. Being friendly and acting confidently are also ways that you can earn points among your friends and classmates.
Method 1 of 4: Reinvent yourself in college
Step 1. Make a list of the things about yourself that you want to change
Take a sheet of paper and draw a line in the middle. List the things you would like to change about yourself in the left column. In the right column, you should write down why you would like to change these aspects. If you see that you can improve as a person with these changes, then carry them out.
For example, some positive changes are criticizing others less or concentrating better in class
Step 2. Try something new
College is about exploring new things and ideas, so don't be afraid to venture out. If you receive an invitation to eat at an exotic restaurant, accept it. Studying abroad for a year is another great way to expand your horizons.
- Try changing the color of your hair or styling it differently.
- You can also learn a new language or take a class outside of your major.
Step 3. Remember to be authentic
It is possible to reinvent yourself without changing your true self. Don't compromise your principles and values just to be considered great. If the change requires too much effort or for you to become someone else, it is most likely not a good idea. You must stick with changes that produce positive results.
If you want to be more outgoing, try to be on your own terms. For example, don't start drinking or smoking just to be more outgoing
Method 2 of 4: Increase Your Self Confidence
Step 1. Make a list of your strengths
You should also make a list of the things you like about yourself. Post the list on your bedroom wall or bathroom mirror. Every morning, read the list to remind yourself how cool you are.
Step 2. Reverse negative thoughts
If you find yourself thinking that you are not good for college or that no one would want to be your friend, you should reverse these thoughts. Instead, you must believe that you are good enough for college or that many people would love to share your friendship because you are such a great person.
Step 3. Do things that increase your safety
If wearing makeup helps you improve your self-confidence, then do your makeup. If smiling and greeting your classmates makes you feel more confident, then say hello. If joining a club or volunteering helps increase your safety, then join a club or become a volunteer.
By doing things that increase your confidence, you will improve your self-confidence
Step 4. Realize that you are not alone
Sometimes new people and places can make you feel lonely and insecure. However, you must understand that you are not the only one who feels this way. Try to communicate with other classmates and become their friend. You can also call your friends from high school if you need to speak to someone.
If you can't seem to stop being alone, you can make an appointment with a campus counselor. This person can help you get through tough times
Method 3 of 4: Be Social
Step 1. Show a friendly attitude
Smile and greet your classmates who are sitting next to you. Start a conversation by asking what their major is or what they think about the class. Offer your help. For example, showing someone where the admissions office is located is a great way to make yourself known as a friendly, college-focused person.
You can also offer to exchange notes with someone else or help him study for an important test
Step 2. Accept those who are different from you
A standard university has at least 20,000 students (smaller and community-based universities can have between 2,000 and 10,000 students), so it is likely that you will meet someone whose background is completely different from yours. Instead of walking away from these people, be curious about who they are. Invite them to lunch or a party to get to know them better.
Step 3. Go to a soccer game (or any other sporting event)
Hanging out with friends and attending a soccer game (or any other sporting event) is a college hobby that you should not pass up. You should go to as many as you can, especially if you enjoy them. This is a great way to connect with new people and build friendships.
Ask a classmate if they'd like to join you for a game, or make plans with your roommate to attend one
Step 4. Join a club on campus
If soccer games or sororities aren't your thing, try looking for different clubs on campus. Like sororities, clubs often organize events at the beginning of the year to recruit new members. Attend some of these events and join your favorite clubs.
There are so many clubs in college that the hardest part will be choosing just one. You can also start a club
Step 5. Throw a party
Hosting a party will definitely get you to the top of the cool list. You can host a potluck, plan an outdoor party at a nearby park, or reserve a party room at your university's game center. Invite your friends, roommates, and class acquaintances.
- You can also host a small party in your bedroom, if allowed.
- To ensure a successful party, be sure to provide some great snacks, drinks, music, and games.
Method 4 of 4: Dressing for College
Step 1. Groom yourself before class
Before going to class, be sure to brush your teeth and comb your hair. You should also take a bath if necessary. By taking the time to groom yourself before class, you will be able to give your classmates and teachers a good impression of yourself.
Step 2. Choose to wear sneakers instead of heels
To go from one class to another, you need to walk a lot. If you wear slippers, you will ensure that your feet are as comfortable as possible. Some classes require the use of a certain type of footwear for practical or safety reasons, especially if you attend some practical classes or a physical education class. Your instructor or professor will indicate this detail in the study plan.
Step 3. Take a jacket with you
Unlike in high school, colleges often don't have locker areas, so you'll be wearing a jacket during the winter season in colder climates. Temperatures in the classroom are usually very low or sometimes too high. Since it is difficult to concentrate in class if you are cold, you should make sure to bring a jacket or sweater. This will ensure that you feel comfortable and be attentive in class. People pay more attention to your outerwear as part of your style in college than in high school, so you want to make sure that the clothes you choose match your preferred style.
Step 4. Dress in style
You should come to class with an outfit that makes you feel comfortable, but also conveys a message of sophistication and style. If your style is casual sportswear, then you can go for it. If a cute dress (or skirt) gives you security, then wear it.