How to Connect to Your Culture in College
Last updated September 9, 2021
For many students, attending college is the first time they’ve ever been away from home - and it can be scary! Adjusting to a new space can be a social and cultural shock, but colleges are rife with clubs, communities, organizations, and more that can help you feel more at home in your new home. So whether you’re looking for more of your culture on campus, or curious about other communities, there’s a space for you!
Here are some ways you can connect with your culture in college - even if you’re far from home!
Join a cultural club on campus
Most schools have student-led culture groups that meet often, plan campus events, and go on outings together. Ask around your dorm or find information on your school’s social media about the different cultural clubs offered on campus. Groups like Black Student Union, Latinx Club, and more exist to hold space for people wanting to connect and learn more about different cultures. These groups traditionally united students of similar identities to bond over their interests and experiences, but you typically can join any cultural club you want - even if you don’t identify with that culture! Not only is this a great learning experience, it’s also an opportunity to make new friends.
Find groups/events in your community
There’s always something interesting happening in a college community- you just have to know where to find it. Join community Facebook groups and follow Instagram accounts for local clubs and organizations in your area that interest you. When they post about an event you want to attend, grab a friend and go!
Play an intramural sport
If playing sports was a way you expressed yourself and made friends back home, join an intramural sport at school! Intramural sports allow college students to play sports for fun - and for free! You can typically find sign-ups for intramural sports online, or in-person at your school’s Student Union Building.
Find food in your community
Starting to miss home-cooked meals? Grab a new friend and find a local spot off-campus that serves your favorite food. If you can’t find anywhere that serves it, why not cook it? Gather some friends, buy the ingredients, and use your dorm’s kitchen to cook the food that reminds you of home!
Find a place of worship near you
If you are connected to loved ones through your religion, try finding a local place of worship in your area - just enter your zip code into one of these links below to begin:
- ChristianChurch finder
- Mosque finder
- Synagogue finder
- Catholic Church finder
- Buddhist Temple finder
- Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) finder
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