Meeting New People: Four Ways to Find Your Crew

Published on Sep 20, 2013

Maybe you’re new to Columbia this year, new to college in general or just wanting to meet some new people. It’s not always easy to meet people but, luckily, it’s not that hard in a creative community like Columbia. We identify some top ways make some solid connections, during school and beyond.

Join Student Organizations

There are over 70 student groups active at Columbia. From improv comedy to social justice, you will definitely find one that fits you. It’s much easier to meet people when you're bonding over something you have in common. Joining is free and there’s no obligation. Just show up at the meetings.

Go to Events

If you’re not already going to gallery openings, free shows, performances and lectures, you need to get your rear in gear. If it's in walking distance and you're free, check it out. There are new faces, new places, plus a lot of amazing artists to learn from. You are in a world-class art school. Take advantage of it. Check out the events calendar.

Study Groups

Multi-tasking done right! Grab some people from class and work together on that big project or prep for the next exam. If your class fits into Columbia’s supplemental instruction program, sign up with some classmates to attend. You'll (hopefully) get some studying done, get a better grasp your coursework and meet some pretty cool people in the meantime. Win-win!

 Volunteer. Intern. Work.

You’re here to get a job and meet people. Luckily, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Make an appointment at the Career Center (623 S. Wabash, 307) to find internships or jobs…or at least get your portfolio online and resume together so you can grab that position. Check out ColumbiaWorks for job opportunities. If a volunteer position sounds more your speed, make sure to stop by the Non-Profit Career Fair on Tuesday, November 12 in the Conaway Center (1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor).