Moving into your first college dorm is a pretty exciting and stressful experience. You’re moving away from home, surrounded by new people, and facing your first college classes. The social aspect of moving into a college dorm is also very exciting. A lot of students will be intimidated by the idea of living in a building with 200 strangers, but once you realize that everyone else is in the same position as you it becomes easier.
There are a few things you can do to interact with the other students in your residence hall and start to make new friends. The easiest way to do this is to go to all of your hall programs. Dorm coordinators and RAs often host “hall programs” which are just events they have where they do things like answer questions about the university or have ping pong tournaments or do different ice breakers. (Usually they have free food and drinks too.) As the year goes on these events will seem cheesy and you’ll probably stop going to them, but they are definitely a good way to interact with your hall and meet people early in the year.
Another easy way to interact with your residence hall is by just keeping your door open. Whenever you are in your room doing homework or watching TV or just hanging out, whatever the case may be, keep your door open and play some music. You will be amazed at how many people stop in and introduce themselves when you open up your room. By the same token if you ever are around your residence hall and notice an open door don’t be afraid to stop in and introduce yourself to your neighbors. The open door policy is a really cool way to interact with your dorm and will help you meet a bunch of cool people.
You can also kill two birds with one stone by interacting with you hall via study rooms and study groups. Before college studying was never really a social activity for me, but that changes when you move into a dorm. At the beginning of the year many RAs will put up posters in the hall with all of the main freshman courses that you can write your email onto. The RAs then make email groups with the students in each class so that you can reach out to other students for study help. These groups often meet in study groups, so it is a good idea to sign up if you want to meet people and have some extra help with your classes.
All in all there are a ton of ways that you can interact with your new residence hall including and beyond the three that I mentioned. The best tip I can give you beyond what I’ve already said is to just be yourself and embrace living in a dorm because it is going to be a lot of fun. Good luck!