While I was sitting in my Sociology of Violence course last week, my professor mentions, “How many people do you think a pilgrim knew in his lifetime, maybe 100?” Although my professor was using this idea to discuss urbanization in the modern era, I began thinking about Tufts and the way I have been able to meet many more friends than that poor pilgrim.
From classes, clubs, and just walking past people in the campus center, there are many ways to turn an unfamiliar face into a friend at Tufts. During orientation week, a piece of advice frequently given to new students is: join any organization that sounds interesting to you. Whether that be the Quidditch team, cheese club, or even ballroom dancing; explore your passions and your friends will follow. Work spouses and friends from class are also valuable sources of friendship. Big exam coming up? Ask your desk neighbor to study with you at the Rez. Frustrated with that paper due next week? Vent to your acquaintance from class about it over lunch in Dewick (I’m sure your opinions will not stand alone).
My good friend and I met on our walk back from our computer science class. We walked and talked across College Ave, over the Pres Lawn, to the last house on Professors Row. Our conversation started with computer science but quickly migrated to weekend plans and favorite restaurants in Davis Square. This new friendship helped me realize that friendships in college are cultivated in the most unpredictable places. I also believe that Tufts' students genuinely look forward to meeting new people.
Whether you are an incoming first year, or rising senior (or anyone in between), my advice to you is to explore your interests in full force. You never know who or what could be awaiting you!