By Madison Hallett In college, it may seem as though there is never enough time to finish what needs to be done. But maintaining your social life and expanding your social circle is very important and should not be neglected. Not only is socializing beneficial for your health, happiness, and your self-confidence, but it’s also a great way to learn outside of the classroom. Here’s why it’s important to have a college social life. 1. Your social life can make studying easier It isn’t fun studying alone, and it’s often easier to study if someone is there to help you. Study buddies can not only teach you new studying techniques, but they can also help you take more efficient study breaks and keep you on track — they may even make you Ramen at 1 a.m. 2. Cultural exposure Exposing yourself to a variety of social situations, whether it be joining a club, going to a party, or eating dinner downtown with your friends, allows you to develop relationships with people from other states, cultures, and countries. Expanding your social circle will help you form cross-cultural connections in your social life as well as develop a greater world perspective. Interacting with people who come from different backgrounds, will teach you more about life than any college course will. There is no better time to expand your social circle than in college. 3. Socializing keeps you emotionally stable Humans are inherently social beings. We need to interact with people in order to maintain our sense of self and stay sane. Ever noticed how much better and less stressed you feel after talking to your friend about your horrible day? Then maybe you should make that a routine. Do not neglect your emotions. Taking time for yourself is just as important as making time for your classes and activities. 4. Build your self-confidence Surrounding yourself with people who like you for you boosts your self-esteem and encourages personal growth. During college you may be placed in social situations that can be out of your comfort zone and make you feel vulnerable, but if you push yourself to interact with others, you can develop your social skills and build your self-confidence. 5. Your college social life can impact your future The social life you choose to have in college can greatly affect your future endeavors. The friends you make in college will become co-workers and allies in the work force. You have already started building your professional network, so keep it up! Sooner or later you will realize that it’s all about who you know. So, if you’re parents think you’re partying too much, just assure them it’s good for you. Is your college super social? Review your college and let others know. About the author Madison (Mattie) is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer College, majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. Very involved in theater and music, her love for piano is almost as strong as her Vermont pride.