Moving to a new city can be a whirlwind of emotions. It’s exciting, but the change can be scary. Since graduating I have lived in five different states. Each move brought a different set of challenges, but one consistent challenge has been making new friends in the area. Here are some tips I have learned along the way.
- Create friendships with your coworkers. Most likely, these people will be the first ones you know in your new city, so get to know them outside of work!
- Find an organization you are passionate about. You will not only feel better about yourself by volunteering, you’ll also get to meet others with similar interests.
- Join an alumni group. Many universities have alumni groups all over the country. The same goes for some organizations, like sororities and fraternities. These groups bring together people with a common background for networking and friendship.
- Get to know your neighbors. Take advantage of events your community or apartment complex hosts.
- Sign up for an exercise class or join a gym. A great way to make friends is through a common interest. No pain, no gain!
- Learn to be OK being alone. This can be challenging, but making friends in a new city can take time. Learn to enjoy this time by yourself to explore the city and make it your home.
A former professor once told me to bloom where you are planted. Whether you know a move is just temporary or you end up moving frequently, make the most of the city where you find yourself. Get involved in the community, make new friends, take advantage of all the social opportunities you get invited to, and explore the new area with others and on your own.
Aly Ruhl, Pi-Nebraska