I strongly identify with this topic. I work from home and never went to college, so making new friends was more difficult for me.
Fortunately, I am a friendly person and I have never had many problems to proactively make friends.
After graduating from high school, I moved to a big city. I did not go to college, only to work as a web developer. The company was tiny because it consisted of only three people. I did not have such conditions to meet people as in high school, so I had to start to proactively building my social circle.
I lived with my roommates, which helped me a lot, because I did not feel completely lonely at home, I could also go out with them to the city and meet their friends.
Another thing was getting to know women in clubs, pubs and even on the street.
I signed up for a massage school where I met other cool people.
At this moment I’m attending the gym and dance school.
Every time I was invited for a beer or other activity, I tried to agree. It was also a good idea to renew my old high school friendships.
So as you can see, I tried to use every opportunity and tried different ways to meet other people. The best way for me was to attend group classes like massage classes or a dance school.
The most important thing is to choose the method in which you feel your best. You do not have to go to a dance class if you’re a big introvert or you do not like to move a lot. You can also choose a library or meet people online.
There are a lot of methods for getting to know people, find what suits you best and practice your social skills there.
Now, let’s examine what tips you can find on other blogs.
Sign up to volunteer
CollegeFashion.net encourage you to sign up for a volunteer. I never attended that one but I heard that this is a very good way to meet new friends and also do something good for other people.
Not only is volunteering a great way to spend your free time serving others, but you might meet some cool people if you end up serving in a group!
You can choose an organization based off your interests and as a bonus, you might end up with some experience you can talk about during interviews or on applications.
Join a sports league
CollegeFashion.net also describes joining a sports league as a good way to meet new friends. I couldn’t agree more!
It’s one of the most common things I hear when I ask for advice about making friends as an adult. “Join a kickball tournament!” “Sign up for a soccer league!”
A lot of cities have organized sports leagues where you can sign up and compete against other players weekly. I’d recommend this if you’re 21 or over, because most of these leagues have a happy hour or some type of social afterwards.
I encourage you to go to their site to learn more about this subject.
The Internet is one of the best places to meet new people, especially through Facebook. More about it at yearon.com.
Why not start at the most obvious place? Facebook groups have become huge in connecting like-minded people all over the world. Search for relevant keywords to discover interest-based groups in your area, or join a national or international group that may have regional meetups. Ask your friends if they are part of a Facebook group that you might like to join; some groups are “secret” and require an invite from a member.
Usually, after our high school or college, our main source of social life is job. My biggest downside is that I work alone with no one around. That’s why I am forced to proactively work on my social circle.
In fact, we do not realize how the skills in building your own social circle are important. We are taking this for granted. From childhood, we’ve been involuntarily attending the institutions where we interact with many people. We don’t need to learn to make new friends, because we have them automatically.
However, when we finish education or do not work with many people, then we are forced to develop our social skills in order to not die of loneliness.
However, don’t worry and treat it as an opportunity for development. Proactive creation of a social circle can be challenging but it can also be a very fun experience. Peace!