When you are a student, you meet new people everyday by attending your classes and forming group studies. But how does one meet people when they no longer go to school? I was pondering this because I’d like to expand my circle of friends but at a lost to how. It’s no wonder online dating has gone viral with as many dates as there are E-Harmony ads. However, as a traditionalist, I hope I never have to put a personal ad out for someone to be interested in me.
I have brainstormed and come up with a few ways adults can meet other adults because the man or woman you meet at the bar should never be trusted:
1) Meet-Ups – look this website up online. This website offers a way to network with others that share common interests. You choose a meeting that has a subject that interests you and show up to meet others with the same interests.
2) Organizations – look up local organizations that would interest you. I love traveling and meeting foreigners so I recently started attending InterNations meetings. This organization has a monthly gathering at a restaurant/bar with a casual atmosphere to foster new friendships.
3) Church – if you’re a Christian, this is a no-brainer. Although I belong in the church-going-group that believes religion is a personal issue and usually don’t talk to others during the service, I still believe that church is a great place to meet the right type of people. Plus, church-goers are always the most hospitable to new people.
4) My last piece of advice, instead of reading at home on the couch, take your book to a local coffee shop or your laptop to a local wi-fi hotspot. Just by being out in public, you open yourself up to opportunities to meet others.
Humans are social creatures. Haven’t you ever wondered why solitude confinement is a punishment in prison? We are creatures who enjoy each other’s company, feeding off one another energy. This post is for all those post-graduates who find themselves working in a job in a new city that they know no one. Meeting new people is not as scary as it seems.