By - [deleted]
The following is based on my own experience as a freshman 2 years ago (before the pandemic), so it won't apply to many/all people.
Look, you're definitely in a tough situation. I'm not going to pretend Freshman and Sophomore years aren't the prime friend-making years, and a lot of those friendships form in the dorms during the afternoon/evening hours when people are just hanging around, going to parties, etc. But one of the groomsmen in my wedding this year is a guy I didn't meet until the very end of Junior year who lived in the apartment building that I lived in. We never had any classes or shared activities together. You're not doomed to have no friends. Another of my best friends is someone I met in a club Junior year as well.
To echo everyone else: join clubs! Pretty much my whole social life at NU my last three years has revolved around my extracurriculars. One thing I wanted to push back on is that you’re possibly “behind” in building a social circle. I got lucky and met my freshmen year besties in my dorm right after WW, but by junior year none of them were in my life anymore. everyone i hang out with now are people I met junior year. My current NU best friend I became friends with sophomore year because I sat next to her in a huge lecture hall randomly one day and we were sort of acquainted.
I was at home last year for online classes so I'm in a similar boat, not knowing many people going into it this year. I'm hoping friends/groups will come naturally through the classes I'm taking.
Come to campus these next couple weeks freshman and sophomores will be socializing and partying for sure
i am a sophmore off campus too and i can say without a doubt living off campus is way better. just go meet people there are always things to do
Well, if you’re ever on campus and just want someone to study with I’d be down for that! I am a 5th year senior due to time off for work and my friends all graduated, so we are in the same boat. Also, my girlfriend doesn’t go to NU either so I feel your pain
Most of my close friends were made in the dorms but that doesn't mean you need to live in the dorms. If you have a friend or make a friend who lives in the dorm, maybe go with them and spend time in the dorms and meet their friends. I have a friend who was a commuting student who did that, he would hang out in our dorm a lot before driving home so he basically became a part of our circle. I also made quite a few friends who didn't live in my dorm -- I'd spend a lot of time at their dorm.
Rogers Park was where like, grad students and older people like post docs lived, not undergrads :/