Zobia Ahmad, BBA 2019
University is thought to be the best four years of your life. But what most people don’t realize is that your university experience really depends on the friends you make, and the friends you choose to keep. So what do you do now? You’re in university, surrounded by so many people, and sometimes you end up feeling overwhelmed – you want to make friends, but you don’t know how?
Honestly, making friends at Schulich is really simple because it’s such a close-knit community. You end up meeting a majority of people from your batch, both BBA and iBBA, and all you have to do is introduce yourself. Don’t be shy. No one bites at Schulich and everyone is really friendly, even the upper years.
“I think it was fairly easy to make friends in Schulich because everyone wanted to make friends so it made the process easier.” – Shabih Rizvi, iBBA 2019.
In all honesty, you just need to remember that everyone here is in the same boat as you – everyone here is eager to learn, and you are all experiencing university for the first time. Some of you may be scared, while others excited. So get out of your comfort zone and actually make the effort of getting to know others. It’s very easy to just stick with your high school friends, but it’s very important to branch out and make new ones as well.
Friends are the ones that give you a fresh perspective on different topics. You never know what kind of people you’ll meet, and the kind of impact that they will have on your life.
“Be sure to greet the people you know in the hallways—ask them how they’re doing or what they’re up to and give them a nice big smile! There are honestly so many amazing individuals at Schulich (and in the world in general), so get out of your comfort zone and start talking to people. Because the only way you can get to know great people and potentially find your best friends is by going out there and actually meeting them!” – Masha Litvinava, iBBA 2019.
Keeping an open mind is always a must – in university you meet all kinds of people from different backgrounds. Everyone has a story to tell, and you just have to be willing to listen and accept the person for who they are. Additionally, when you’re introducing yourself to other people, try not to be anyone other than yourself. You should just be who you are, and not have to change your personality. I know many times people like to start fresh in university by trying to shift their personalities around completely. But trust me, it won’t feel right. If you want to make genuine friends, then the best way to go about it is to just be yourself. I guarantee, you will find at least one person that you click with.
Over time, you figure out what type of people you truly want to hang out with, and it all depends on your personal interests and lifestyle. For example, if you know that you aren’t much of a party goer, then you may not feel comfortable with a group of friends that do like to party, or vice versa. It’s always better to find a group of friends that you’re actually comfortable with because friends go a long way, whether it be through helping you with academics or your personal life.
As for the social life, it’s very easy to have one especially in Schulich. With the small number of students, it’s quite easy to find your social life intersecting with your fellow classmates and upper years.
“The events hosted by Student Life really brings the entire Schulich community together to have fun. Pub nights, frost week, board games, talent shows, and other events throughout the school year really give you the opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself with other amazing people.” – Masha Litvinava, iBBA 2019.
Last but not least, it’s very important to have a healthy balance. Your academics are just as important as having a social life, and you don’t want to be too caught up socializing to the point where you start to neglect your course work. You may find that it might be easier for you to work with your friends, or sometimes you just need to take a break and study alone for a while – and that is completely fine! Everyone understands academic pressures and your friends are always there to support and help you every step of the way. Besides, at the end of the day, when you do go out, Schulich really knows how to have fun.