Oh god, this makes too much sense. In fact I know what you’re going through all too well! You see, my friendship group pretty much graduated, so the only two people I hung out with have gone. Now, I’m in third year and pretty much on my own. The key thing is having just ONE person you know well and get on with to beckon you over and then that’s it.
The only thing that got me to stay in my SU today was my crush, I’d say we’re all right friends and she initiated conversation with me and then I just sat with her and her friends who I had a nice and funny chat with well after she had left. That’s kinda how I get into ‘groups’, by knowing one person well enough.
Now how you do that: While you’re in a seminar [a lecture’s harder ‘cause of the more people] find someone who you think you agree with or ‘get’ the most. Befriend them, talk to them more and more in the seminars. But, here’s the important part, don’t just do this with one person in one class, do it with several in several seminars and workshops.
This method I used since the beginning 3 years ago, and now when it comes to ‘quiz night’ at the SU I have several teams I can choose to be in just because I know at least one person on each team. Because we get each other they’ll always beckon me over. This is also why it takes me ages to say hi to everyone at the bar, they’re scattered all over the place!
Try this and HOPEFULLY your third year won’t be so lonely. But remember though, it is third year, ultimately REAL LIFE starts after Uni and university is just a bigger version of high school. Being social isn’t needed. It helps, no doubt, but not necessary, but anyway, try my method and hopefully it’ll work =]