Don't be afraid to start up a conversation with people you may not know. You never know who you'll meet. The next stranger could turn out to be your new best friend. Still remember stranger danger, though. Just in case.
2. Explore the town
You'd be surprised at the many gems that can be hidden in your college town. Whether it's in a big city like Buffalo or a tiny one like Oneonta, there's always something new to find and try.
3. Check out Greek life
So many people miss out on the amazing experience of being in a fraternity or sorority because of stereotypes or misconceptions. As a proud member of Theta Phi Alpha, I highly encourage everyone to get out there and see what the houses stand for and have to offer. Even if you don't find the one that you fit into, at least you took a chance and checked it out. And for those that don't have Greek Life on their college campuses, check out the honor societies.
4. Watch a sports game
When I say go and see a sports game, I mean go and actually watch the game unfold. Don't just go for the cute players or to sit on the bleachers gossiping with your friends. Even if you don't know how the game works, you may just be pleasantly surprised at how fun it is to watch it.
5. Go to a party
Alright, I'm not saying you need to go batsh*t crazy and get blackout drunk. However, I do think that everyone should go to a college party at least once in their lives. You may go and find out that partying is not for you or you could find that you are a master at beer pong.
6. Cook yourself a meal
If you're like me, you may not be the best cook around. So to ensure that you don't burn down your dorm building, I suggest starting small and having someone else there too. You can never be too safe.
7. Take a class outside of your major
If you go to a liberal arts school, you probably already have this one down or will need to. Either way, though, definitely branch out and take a course that you may not normally take. From photography to international relations, the possibilities are endless.
8. Join a club
Usually there's a big club fair where you can sign up for all the clubs and organizations. You put your name down for five different ones and swear that you will actually go to them, but by the second week you've forgotten all about them. Sound familiar? Yeah, same. You should try, though, to find one that you really enjoy and try to commit to going at least every other week. You build connections this way which could really be beneficial later on down the road.
9. Go to bingo or trivia night
Some may see it as silly or corny, I see it as a chance to win free stuff. You'd be surprised at the pretty awesome prizes that they have up for grabs at these events. From Go Pros and baskets of candy to flat screen TVs and gift cards, there's no harm in playing a round of Bingo to try and claim that prize.
10. Do something out of your comfort zone
Whether it be one of the items on this list or something completely different, get out there and just do it. Do what you normally wouldn't do. Do what you've been afraid to do. Do what you've dreamed of doing but never did.