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College Friendship 101

Preston Hollow People

Originally Posted: August 8, 2019

When SMU senior Page Hurley transferred to SMU in 2015, she didn’t know a soul, but she soon found new friends in her classes.

Along the way, the psychology major found a topic for her senior research project – college friendship.

Her research won the grand prize at SMU’s Research Day Colloquium, but the crowd of students and faculty members who gathered around Hurley to ask questions made it clear her research was more than academic.

“Friendship is a personal topic,” Hurley said. “People can relate to it and apply the research to their lives.”

With the help of Chrystyna Kouros, SMU associate professor of psychology, and her own research, here are Hurley’s five research-based tips for making and keeping friends in college: READ MORE