The admissions to most colleges in India have started and with it has started the struggle to adjust to completely new way of life for students. Ice breakers are an important part of a student's life as they help them bridge the gap with their seniors and peers. These activities make for lovely memories which make a student's life what it is. Icebreakers are not just a casual activity to pass time. They in fact serve a deeper purpose to help students to get to know each other and break through new awkward energy that’s pervasive when they meet someone new.
Since you will be spending most of your time on the campus for a few years, it would only make sense to connect with fellow students and other people in the college. Here we discuss some tips which will make it easy for you to do so:
Peeling the onion
This means getting to know the person step by step. Try playing a game which involves them answering simple questions like their favourite movie or television show. One of these games can be passing a bowl with chits of questions. This game is really interesting in that allows people to know about the basic inclinations which help them to gel with each other. Other games like 'guess who', 'tambola', 'Chinese whisper, sentence completion. To be fair, playing any kind of sport is a great way to start conversation with people. After all, team spirit is the one of the primary motives of sports, isn't it?
Experiment with looks
Believe it or not, doing trendy experiments with your looks can be a starting point for a lot of conversations, with batch mates and teachers. You will find even your teachers are interested in how you come up with such ideas. While this might not work for everyone, it certainly will, for people who are not afraid of doing new things to their hair and looks in general. It intrigues people to see someone with a quirky hairstyle or hair colour. This can spark many a discussions and make you the cool kid everyone wants to be with.
Become a part of college fest society
While every department has its own society to organize its own fest, there is a separate club comprised of people who arrange the main cultural event. Try being a part of this committee as you will be able to interact with arguably the coolest people in the college. Not only this, you will be able to talk to people outside the college, apart from teaching and non-teaching staff, and grow your network. Depending on your interest, you can also join the societies like dramatics, literary etc. They involve performing or speaking in front of an audience, which establish you as the 'cool kid' in no time.
Form a hobby club in your college
Join the hobby club where you can meet people who share the same interests as you do. If there is no such club in your college, try to form one with assistance of teachers and seniors. This will act as a playground for people to interact and give them more reasons than one to break the ice. Initiate the formation of such a society and soon you will see people turning up to you for organizing important events which require involvement a number of people. There can be hobby clubs for book reading, playing guitar, mountaineering, cycling, jogging, film making, poetry writing etc.
Communicate over coffee
It sounds obvious but a lot of people give stress on communicating properly. It is important for everyone, but especially freshers to have social safety net which includes friends, family members and teacher who they can rely upon for suggestions and advices, to share happy and sad moments. Communication over coffee can be a really good ice breaker. When you meet a new person try not to give that poker face and interact instead. Ask them to go out with you without seeming clingy or creepy. You can't really go wrong with that because if you don't like the interaction at all, there is no one forcing you to continue with it. Working on your college's yearbook and magazine as a contributor is also a good idea.
Once you take admission in the college, you will find yourself in the middle of multiple activities like making new friends, be the part of societies and meeting many new people, and most importantly – getting along with your seniors, apart from regular studying.
Seniors like juniors who possess confidence and are sport enough to try new activites, but are not rude with them. Hence, being juniors you should firstly take initiative to communicate with them. This will indicate your ability towards taking responsibility. If you are the first fresher candidate, with whom they are talking to in your batch, you will be able to be their first junior friend.