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How to make a good first impression at university

Meeting people can be quite scary and stressful at times, especially if there are lots of new people to meet and a good first impression is important and you’ll, of course, need to know how to meet people during freshers week, too. First impressions can help show who you are as a person, get you into your lecturer’s good books and set great friendships for years to come. Read our tips on how to make a good first impression at university.

Smile

This may seem basic but a smile will go a long way to anyone who is on the other end. Not smiling may feel natural, but to others it may look like attitude, moody and even rude. A little smile will help break the ice and set the tone of the conversation, it is easier to start with a smile and the greetings together.

Relax

Now, when you are greeting someone for the first time – don’t stress out! They’ll be able to see your nerves and how stressful you seem! And this might even make them feel anxious too. Just remember, if you are trying so hard to make a good first impression, they are too!

Introductions

Introduce yourself, whether it is an interview for a university place or a job, greeting the other people or persons with a  ‘Hello, I’m -’ is fantastic to show your confidence in yourself. If you are at your first university lecture and students around the room are describing yourself, this is a handy exercise as to what you want people to know about you first and most importantly.

Honesty

Being deceptive is not an attractive trait, and that includes when you first meet someone. If you are moving into Halls and have already stolen a tea bag from one of your roommates, this won’t go down well! Honesty will help set the foundation for whatever relationship you are going to have with that person, later. Remember, you would want someone to be honest with you, too.

Be confident

If it is a job interview or the first time you are talking to your tutor face-to-face show them that they should be listening to you and are interested in YOU. Try to talk about the points you are most comfortable with, whether it is customer service or the New Iranian Cinema module you are excited to take the next year.

Polite

Try to be polite, especially if the person is with other people, or you are meeting your partner’s parents for the first time. When talking, talk to all of the group and people. Including everyone will not make anyone feel left out or an outsider in the conversation.

Ask questions

Asking questions is a good way to get information, and is useful when trying to get your new housemates, understand a module introduction or ask an employer what the job role you are applying for is like. Asking a question shows initiative and also, how you are listening and receptive to what the other person is saying.

Eye contact

This is related to feeling confident as if you haven’t got the courage to look someone in the eye you will seem shy. Forcing yourself to make eye contact a little bit more will not only bring your confidence up but create a connection to whomever you are talking to, and this will be great for the next time you see them.

Be yourself

This is very cliche and we are sure you have heard it before – but it’s true. Be yourself. That is the most important thing you can do in a first impression, as you wouldn’t want anything to go wrong later on down the line. And if the person doesn’t like you for you? Who needs them!

When you start university you will literally meet hundreds of people., this will certainly hep to conquer loneliness. You will have different classmates for modules and your degree, your teachers, your roommates and if you get a part-time job, you will also have your work colleagues. Meeting all of these different people can be quite hard to get your head around, but if you are yourself and polite and remember to start off with a smile – you’re bound to make a great first impression!