Crossing Borders- Friendships and Networking during your Degree

Friends are an important part of our university experience. Whether local or international, it can’t be denied that the friendships we form during our university days often have a lasting impact on us- and more often than not, last for life. Here’s why that matters.

  • Mental Help Support & Motivation

    Part of the reason why university friends are so important is that they rank among the few people who understand what you go through during your course. It doesn’t matter if these friends are local or international students- the experience of studying together, of going through the same classes and tests and sharing new experiences together often forms a bond that is near impossible to break, and one that lasts.

     

    These are the friends who will be there for you at 2.00am in the morning when you’re freaking out about an assignment, providing comfort and encouragement (or possibly showing soliditary by freaking out alongside you). The friends who will be there helping you scope out your in-class crush, pushing you back up when you feel down over a bad grade, and keeping you sane and motivated during stressful periods, the ones broadening your perspective with different ideas and cultural outlooks. These are the friends who remind you that you are not alone. While we aren’t saying that university is the only place you’ll find such friends- it certainly does increase your chances!

  • Enhance Your University Experience
     

    Which do you think sounds like something you’re more likely to remember- a year spent in the company of people you like (interspersed with rare moments of peace and solitude, and, naturally, studying), or a year spent mostly studying and keeping to yourself? Your university experience is a unique time- you’re slowly learning more about yourself, while developing your skills and your independence. Having even one friend by your side is enough to turn what could be endless days of routine into something fun- something worth looking forward to.

    Note: This does not mean that it is compulsory for you to go out to university and rope some unwittingly individual forcefully into friendship. If you’re an introvert, or simply someone who enjoys their own company, go ahead and do so- you decide your own comfort level.

  • Indirect Contributions To Academic Success 

    Study buddies, study partner’s, a shining beacon of sanity- call them what you want, but it can’t be argued that studying, however boring a subject, is made much easier with a friend (or friends). We groan or sigh as we study together and recite dates/ formulas/ bits of history to each other, but it’s been proven than studying together often helps reaffirm one’s own memory of a subject. It doesn’t hurt that studying in a group often exposes you to new study methods, and also opens up a network of support between yourself and your study mates, boosting your confidence.

 

While, as we mentioned, there is no harm in enjoying your own company- it can’t hurt to widen your social circle just a crack- especially after a year of being indoor with mostly family and beleaguered pets for company. So, try saying hi to that classmate who you clicked with during tutorials online, reach out to the classmate with that really cool desk lamp you saw during Zoom- if they don’t respond, nothing ventured, nothing gained. But if they do, then well hey- you may have planted the seeds for your social network to bloom!