It looks like most people were neither antisocial or extremely sociable.
Introverts dominate CS at UW. Still, contrary to popular opinion, it seems that introverted people do not necessarily comprise such a large majority of the CS student population. Extroverts and ambiverts make up almost half of the CS student population!
For a lot of people, most or at least some friendships are made during university. This goes to show how university is an important point in life where people form their most valuable relationships!
For a lot of people, the majority of their friends are in the same program. Perhaps the shared classes, career goals, and pain from shared assignments make scheduling and conversations easier.
Most people are still in touch with their high friends in one way or another! Keeping in touch with high school friends can be especially difficult, given that high school friends often drift away from each other due to different career and/or academic paths.
It’s nice to know that the majority of our respondents have a few friends that are going to be in their city post-grad.
Many people don’t keep in touch with friends made during co-op. This makes sense as each co-op term only lasts a short period of time and a remote co-op experience can also affect friendships. It can also be difficult for many students to keep in touch afterwards due to the fact that interns can be from different programs and universities.
In comparison to co-op friends, more people keep in touch with friends made during school terms. This could be because they hang out with each other during multiple school terms while on campus.
Establishing friendships is generally easier during the beginning of the university experience. Due to all math faculty sequences having their 1A and 1B terms aligned, students take their shared core introductory courses at the same time. However, it is still possible to make friends in later terms.
According to our data, most people have 3-4 friend groups. These friend groups can come from classes, extracurriculars, and high school.
Our respondents’ friend groups typically consist of 3-4 people.
Although they are graduating, most of our respondents are still somewhat open to meeting new people. Meeting new people can make your life more exciting and make you discover new perspectives that change the way you approach life!
For a lot of people, some or most friendships are made during university. This goes to show how university is an important point in life where people form their most valuable relationships!
There are countless ways to meet new friends in university. Some common ways include classes, mutual friends, and extracurriculars.
There are many buildings on campus for students to chill and hang out. Looking at our data, hanging out at someone’s residence seems to be the most popular option. It makes sense as having fun outside of school buildings enables people to take their mind off schoolwork. In addition, MC and DC are fairly popular spots since MC has a variety of club offices, computer labs, and classrooms for studying, while DC has a library where many students study.
There are a variety of activities enjoyed by everyone! Most people enjoy eating food with their friends - who doesn't love eating and trying out new restaurants? Talking and going to the gym are the social activities that are the next most favoured by students. Hanging out with friends doesn't have to be complicated!
Some or even most friendships will be kept by our students post-grad! As mentioned previously, university is an experience where people make most of their long-term friends!