It’s Not Just a Floor, It’s a Family

25 January 2012
by Audrey Knox

Sororities, fraternities, teams, and classes are all fine and dandy places for finding friends and people you want to hang out with for the rest of your college career.

Many incoming freshmen, however, overlook the one place that has people that will always be there for them physically and emotionally, day and night, whether they like it or not: their floor.

People at my school that I talk to are jealous of my floor’s connectivity. We’re all friends. We party together, get dinner in the cafeteria together, celebrate birthdays with one another, and stop in just to say hi on slow weekday evenings.

Our bond is pretty famous among the other freshmen here, but I don’t understand what the big deal is. Anyone can achieve this familial connection with the people they’ll be living with for the next nine months. It’s all about branching out, opening up, and following a few simple rules.

     1. Go knock on someone’s door.

Of course this is easiest and the best thing to do during the first hours, days, or weeks when everyone is moving in and getting settled. The second my roommates and I put our stuff down on move-in day, we went across the hall and knocked on another room’s door to see what kind of furniture setup they had going on.

Now we hang out all the time, and were able to optimize floor space without bunking our beds.

     2. Invite them to dinner.

Not actually (we’re too poor for that here, even if it is a private school). I’m just talking about the cafeteria. Next time you’re going down to get food with your roommate(s) stop by your neighbor’s place and see if they want to join you.

You’ll probably be friends with these people
all through college

No one wants to eat alone, and if you can get a huge group from your entire floor to come with you, even better.

     3. Have a party.

There’ll be plenty of time for ragers later on, but if it’s finals week or a Wednesday or something, try hosting a cookie party or bagel party in the common area, study room, or lounge. These kids on my floor did that, and it was a great way to meet some people that our group hadn’t connected with.

Plus, no one turns down free food in this economy.

And finally:

     4. Make popcorn.

I’m serious. The smell attracts friends and neighbors alike, it’s cheap and easy to share, and when I walk past someone’s room and smell that buttery deliciousness, I don’t care who it is—I’ll knock on the door “just to say hi.”

And who knows? Someday you might be having an ugly sweater holiday party, taking pictures in your bathroom, and chasing shots with egg nog with these people that you might not ever have gotten to know otherwise.

The most important thing to remember is that they’re probably bored and hoping someone stops by to hang out too. At the start of our college years, we all want to make friends.

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