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Video: Making Friends in High School vs. College

Student vlogger Robert debunks three myths about what it's like to make friends in college and how it's different than making friends in high school.

CollegeXpress student vlogger Robert continues to learn a lot during his freshman year at Claremont McKenna College, especially the social aspect. In this video, he debunks three myths about making friends in college and how it differs from making friends in high school. Check it out below!

Myth #1: Making friends in college is exactly like making friends in high school

Balancing your social life with all the other things going on in school like academics and extracurriculars is a trait of both high school and college. However, in college, there's a lot more time to delegate the two. Robert found it much easier to make time to go out and make friends as an undergrad.

Related: The Best Ways to Balance Academics and Socializing as a College Freshman

Myth #2: Social cliques exist in high school but not in college

Cliques definitely exist in college; however, they are much different than high school circles. In high school, people are more reluctant to journey out of their “friend group.”  In college, Robert finds it much more likely for people to be open minded and make friends with people they normally never would.

Myth #3: There’s no interaction between people in different classes

A lot of students have the impression that like high school, most friends you make are in your grade or are the same age. Robert says: total myth! College students mingle with all different ages and classes, even first-years and seniors.

Related: 7 Tips to Help You Find Great Friends in College

Overall, you'll find that making friends in college is a lot more flexible with more time to balance academics and socializing, fewer social cliques, and a lot of different people in close proximity to you. Enjoy your college years and all the friendships you're sure to make!

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