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everything you need to know about first semester freshmen friends
more pep talks:
boundaries & conflict
how to say no, leave someone out, and set boundaries with kindness
handling conflict: how make confrontation easier & get outcome you’re looking for
being left out
a pep talk on being left out
when friendships drift, change, or end
when someone is unkind
more pep talks:
In one of my Master’s classes a professor mentioned the power of a “third thing” when running groups with others. A big part of mental wellness is community. We ALL need connection. You might not have your regular crew yet and these are some ways to get people to hang out without it being awkward!
I don’t know if you have access to a kitchen, but whenever I host a party I make these brown butter rice crispie treats. **these are a crew (and boyfriend) favorite** recipe here. You can also make them and bring them to a common room and see what new friends you make.
I also make What’s Gaby Cooking’s Christmas chex mix for the parties I throw. You don’t have to make it holiday related though! All the “cooking” you need to do is to melt chocolate which you can do in a microwave.
It is easier to hang out with new people when you have something to do… that’s why I suggest a painting your nails. Sometimes asking someone to hang out can feel like a lot, but if you do it around a low key activity it can be a lot easier.
I’m obsessed with the nail brand Olive and June. I love this brand and also painting my nails has become a ritual for me. They have a ton of how-to videos on their instagram so you can check them out with your friends for the hang then get to painting your nails. The have fun stickers too!
A bonus to this:
I love learning about and from women who have started their own business and one of those is Sarah Gibson Tuttle who created Olive and June. You can listen to a podcast that the founder was on here:
After work, my friends and I sometimes get together to take 305 dance classes for a workout hang. It’s like a giant dance party and a super fun way to hang. They offer free classes online that you can stream and do. Find a little space, bring your computer, and have a blast jumping all over the place. You also don’t need to do a dance class. You can do any kind of movement!
- free 305 workouts
- megan roup dance cardio workout
- melissa wood health free class
- my yoga teacher Amy Jean Pastore has free yoga classes online. I LOVE them, but FYI they are advanced 🙂
When you’re first on campus you meet tons of people and therefore given the opportunity to be discerning about your friendships. You want friends that help bring out the most authentic parts of you. An underrated way to think about friends is to pay attention to how you feel. Your feelings tell you so much! You have to may attention to it! Check out this worksheet for friendship guidance!