How To: Ease the transition into a new place

Five tips to making a new situation more comfortable

Facing a new environment may sound terrifying, whether that may be going away for college, the first day of an internship or job, or moving schools halfway through the school year. However, you should not let the natural response of fear isolate you. 

Shyness may hurt, rather than help 

Picture yourself at the end of the road, think about what you want to get out of each situation and let that motivate you in order to get out of your shell. By opening yourself up to new people, experiences and circles, you are at the same time opening yourself new doors. Look for those connections and run with them. Nowadays, success is a net built from people and contacts.

Say yes to everything 

As cliche as this may sound, it couldn’t be more true when it comes to socializing in an unknown place. Adopt this habit and take it as your policy. What else do you have to do? Go out for coffee with that group that you met in class, don’t say no to your campus guide’s invitation to go to the library, or ask someone for their socials to get to know them. Most of the deepest relationships tend to come out of the simplest moments.

Don’t underestimate the power of social media

This can be specifically useful for those seniors, committed or not, with any college. Take a step ahead and search up your campus’ Instagram or download the app “ZeeMee” to connect with other students going to your university. Using those resources, you can find more people from your age through their tags and posts. Once you find them, don’t hesitate, go ahead and message them. This way you’ll have a head start, and maybe you will at least have sort of a familiar face to rely on as you both navigate a new situation.

Be open minded

Really make an effort to embrace that, “don’t judge a book by its cover” mentality. It can take you farther than you think. You may have an idea of the kind of people that you are expecting to meet, but in the end, the dearest friends come unexpectedly. Do not close yourself off the minute someone differs from your opinions. Giving relationships a chance to blossom can widen your horizons and expose you to new mindsets.

Last but not least, don’t put too much thought into first impressions.

Be yourself from the very beginning. You should want to surround yourself with those who are interested in loving you for who you are. Be yourself with no filters.This way, your potential new friends will get to know how amazing the real you is.