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Dear College Freshman, Stop Nervously Scrolling & Start Asking Questions

College, especially as a freshman, is difficult to navigate. Add meeting new people to the list, and there is no wonder you are feeling a bit nervous. We have 10 questions you can ask someone to start the conversation.

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You’ve arrived at college and you’re feeling a little nervous about getting along with your roommate who you've only texted until now, talking to people in your 9am English class, or attending your first college party.

Here’s the only PSA you need: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE.

For most of us, when we get nervous or feel awkward we revert to pulling out our phones, scrolling aimlessly until someone talks to us. College is no different.

If you are wanting to meet people on your dorm floor, talk to the kid who also showed up to class early and is waiting outside the classroom door, or actually meet some cool new people at that party on Friday night, you have to stop scrolling and start talking.

And the best way to start a conversation...ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS. But please, DON’T ask what dorm they live in or what they are majoring in. There’s enough small talk in the world already.

We’ve compiled 10 questions to help you strike a conversation during these first few weeks of college.

  1. What’s your spirit animal?

  2. What’s your favorite TikTok trend?

  3. If you had to wear the same outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

  4. What’s your go-to pump up Spotify playlist?

  5. Are you a fun or funny person?

  6. If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?

  7. What's your fav: Coffee, Chai, or Matcha?

  8. Have you ever gone more than 24 hours without going on social media?

  9. Do you have a favorite book you read during quarantine?

  10. What is the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

We hope these questions make it easier to take the initiative. You never know what you might learn, all you have to do is ask. People are full of surprises.


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