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Cool Ways to Make Friends in Your New City

Posted by ywmguest on January 26, 2010

We love our network of working women. YWM encourages you to be brave, move across the country and talk to strangers. Today’s guest blogger is Maya Moore.

The life of a young careerist often involves moving to a new city in pursuit of a new job, life, or as a result of a career change.

Moving to a new city, can be a very exciting thing!

However, it can also pose its sets of challenges, especially in the social realm, i.e., trying to find friends! Below are some tips to help you discover and maximize your social opportunities when you’re the new kid in town.

Get involved!

Join a local organization, or take a class.  Taking a class is a great way to meet people who posses similar interests as yours. Consider taking up a totally new sport or learn something you’ve always wanted to know. Join a local club, volunteer organization, or a church. It always fun meeting people whose hearts beat for a mutual cause. People in these communities share the same interests as you and probably live in the same area.

Network with people you already know!

Co-workers, fellow neighbors, the coffee shop guy who always serves you your morning latté, let people know you are new to the area and would like some advice about the best place in town to watch theatre, play golf, or go shopping. People are generally friendly and willing to help, you just have to ask.

The net is your best friend!

(But resist the urge to be reclusive; otherwise that will defeat the purpose.) Since you are limited on your human resources, there are excellent web sites like Yelp! and Craigslist that provide a wealth of info helpful for people new in town. Yelp.com provides reviews and blogs about what’s great – and not so great – in your neighborhood and beyond, everything from cool restaurants and clubs to doctors and yoga instructors. Craigslist is a great website for classified ads for furniture, employment, rental listings and events. Meetup is a site that helps local people get together to hang, share a few drinks or try a new activity. You can use these sites to your advantage when deciding about whether to try a new place to eat, hang, or socialize.

Keep an open mind!

Get outside your comfort zone. Keep a smile on your face and don’t be afraid to approach people. Don’t only approach or talk to people who look like you (or your best friend back home). Part of living in a new city is experiencing new cultures. Don’t miss out on great friendships because of pre-conceived notions, your next set of best buds could be older, younger, or of a different sex than you!

Bottom line, use every social opportunity to your advantage, ask questions, be personable and keep smiling! Maintaining a work life balance is important especially when moving to a new city. Finding new friends may be challenging but by putting yourself in various social
settings it will become easier.

Maya Moore is a young careerist living and working in the city of Los Angeles, CA.

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2 Responses to “Cool Ways to Make Friends in Your New City”

  1. Alissa said

    This is a great article, I also think that it applies to just making new friends in general. I think we get comfortable in our work lives and end up not going and making new friends like we did in college. I always recommend joining a common interest group!

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