It is week five of the new term and the 'hubbub' of Fresher's Week has subsided. A porter, Jack, notices a first year who is always on his own, and who is often outside, late at night, smoking. Jack has often noticed the same student going to the library during the evening. He seems to be a 'night owl' and is seldom around during 'normal' hours. Every time Jack has seen him, he is always on his own.

There is something about him that worries Jack slightly. He decides to approach the student, but feels unsure of what to say.

Select the thumbnails to see a series of possible conversation starters. Then use the final image, the triangle of action, to think of your own ideas for ice breakers for this situation.

Hello I'm Jack, one of the porters; how are things going? - thumbnail
I've noticed you around a lot; how are things? - thumbnail
Get's a bit cold and wet smoking out here! I'm Jack, one of the porters. - thumbnail
Hi, I'm Jack. How are you settling in? - thumbnail
Hi! If you are ever at a loose end, pop in for a chat. - thumbnail
Triangle of action, showing from the top down: direct action; being prescriptive; being informative; being supportive. - thumbnail
Hello I'm Jack, one of the porters; how are things going?
I've noticed you around a lot; how are things?
Get's a bit cold and wet smoking out here! I'm Jack, one of the porters.
Hi, I'm Jack. How are you settling in?
Hi! If you are ever at a loose end, pop in for a chat.
Triangle of action, showing from the top down: direct action; being prescriptive; being informative; being supportive.