Coming to Biola as a freshman can be a scary transition for some, especially if you don’t have any friends from high school that are going to Biola with you (like me). One of the main things I was worried about when I made the decision to come to Biola was who I was going to hang out with when I wasn’t in class. In hindsight, I now know there is nothing to worry about, and, speaking from experience, almost everyone feels the same way you do.
When you walk into your dorm to check in for the first time, you will be bombarded with people asking you questions like, “Where are you from?” “What’s your major?” “What floor are you on?” Every incoming student is in the same position as you, which means that everyone is really open to making new friends. You have nothing to worry about.
As days and weeks go by, you might realize that some the people you met during the first few days of college aren’t your close friends, and that's okay. Give it time. You will realize that some of your best friends are those you met without even trying. For example, a few days into my first semester, I randomly ended up walking around campus with some guys who are now my best friends here at Biola. Basically, what I am getting at is that sometimes your friendships solidify when you least expect it.
Lastly, don't be afraid to be yourself. Many friendships start over shared similar interests. I can’t remember how or when I met my friend Tony, but I know that it probably had something to do with us being into the same things. We both love to skate and like the same genre of music. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about the things you like, even if they’re weird. For me and my friends at Biola, it was moshing (of all things!). Yes, you read that right, hardcore music moshing. Most people would think of it as a weird interest, but I’ve made friends through it.
Friendships at Biola will come a lot easier than you expect. My advice would be to share things that you love with others because there will most likely be people out there that will want to bond over the same, sometimes weird, things you love.
Until next time,
Blogger Boi Lance