There are many different ways to make friends and no approach works for all students. Building friendships and social networks take time. Give yourself time to meet people, explore campus, and settle in. It is not uncommon to experience some anxiety, or even loneliness, around new people and in new settings. Identify spaces, groups, or activities where you can be yourself and have opportunities to connect with others. Even if it is a little out of your comfort zone, say hi to other students in your classes, invite someone to lunch, or spend time in community spaces. Remember, too, that friendships change and evolve over time, and that you will continue to shape your social network during your full Loyola career.
For students who live on campus, residence halls often host events and programs for social as well as personal development. You'll meet plenty of people by attending events in your building. For commuter students, there are a variety of clubs and events on campus where you can meet other students who share your interests and values. Talk to your Evergreen or advisor for other suggestions.