Written By: Bree Blair

Transferring schools isn’t the easiest thing; being immersed into a new environment with new people is definitely intimidating. Luckily, University of Miami has everything you need to feel right at home. One of the best things to do is to get involved in clubs, even if it’s only a couple to start. It has been a huge help for me!

Joining clubs is a great way to meet people because you’re all doing something that you share in common (hence why you joined that club in the first place). In my case, one club I joined is called MMST (Marine Mammal Stranding Team). We had our first group trip this past weekend, and it was an awesome experience. Not only did I get to do things I’ve never done before like see a dolphin show, but I got to share it with new friends. If marine mammals aren’t for you, there are tons of other awesome clubs and organizations to choose from! Sometimes it can be hard taking an initiative to meet new people, but it’s something you’ll be really happy you did in the long run!

Another way to get comfortable at UM is to try joining a team. Team bonding is a really great way to build long-lasting friendships, especially if you meet more than once a week. As for me, I’m on the Hurricanettes, one of the many dance teams on campus. I moved down to Florida early to check it out, and I’m really glad I did. Everyone on my team has made my transition to UM easier than ever. If dancing isn’t for you, there are tons of club sports to choose from. There is bound to be one out there that interests you! If you’re participating in a club or activity that reflects your person interests, that’s where the best of friends are made because you all already have something in common before even really know each other yet!

If teams aren’t for you, it’s always good to have a study buddy! Who knows, your future best friend could be sitting next to you in class, but you’ll never find out if you don’t get to know them! Being new is never easy, but all it takes is a little conversation in class or joining a club to make UM start to really feel like home. College is a great way to figure out who you are, and what better way to do that than to have awesome friends with you along the way!