How can I be popular in college?

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Answered by: Alex, An Expert in the Life On Campus Category
The truth is, being popular in college is not all it's cracked up to be, nor is it as easy to do as it is in high school. Being popular in college has a lot to do with who you are as a person and what you're interested in. Because there is a huge range of things to be involved in, who considers you popular will vary widely and may not be that many people. How many people like you in college is not nearly as important as how well you're doing in your classes, because that's why you're there in the first place. But, if popularity is your main goal, here are a few tips that may help get you there.

1. Get involved!

Join a club, a sports team, student government, a volunteer organization, anything to spend your extracurricular time getting to know people. Popularity is all about who knows you, and no one will get to know you if you spend all your time outside of class taking naps or huddled in the library. Get out there!

2. Greek Life

It's not for everyone socially, and definitely not financially practical for everyone, but if you think it's for you try it! Being in a sorority or fraternity is a good way to get to know a lot of people, because not only are you connected on your campus, you're connected to other members around the country and world. Greek organization members also have a bit of an upper hand when it comes to things like school-wide elections, so if you want to get in student government, your fellow Greek folks will be more than happy to help you get there!

3. Excel in your classes

While extracurricular involvement is where a lot of people make connections, if you're not so socially inclined the classroom may be where you shine! The common lore is that no one likes a teacher's pet, but making a name for yourself as an engaged and thoughtful student will garner you respect from your professors, who you may need later for a variety of reasons like recommendations. It's not popularity in the most common sense, but having teachers like you opens many doors in your academic and future professional life. Teachers that like you are also more likely to help when you're struggling, such as extending deadlines without penalty.

4. Be a social media maven!

Engage often with your classmates on social media. Unless you're going around picking fights, it's a great way to make yourself known to others, often before you start classes! Most colleges nowadays have a Facebook page for every incoming class. Its use declines with time but it's a great way to get to know people early on and find out what's going on before your friend groups are solidified. You may even be able to find a roommate using social media, taking some of the worry out of going random or trying to find one at orientation.

Regardless of how you do it, whether you get popular is up to you and your choices. However, if you never make it to the top of the social ladder, don't fret. Having friends that care and getting the best grades you can while having fun is what college is all about. Your experience may not look like everyone else's, but it's how much you're enjoying yourself that counts.

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