Do you Enjoy Making Friends in a New City?

by Patricia Braithwaite 04/07/2019

Moving to and making a new home in any new city is an exciting time. You have boxes to pack, plans to make, a new job to learn, a new home to find, and new places to explore. With all the anticipation of the move, you may not have given much thought to making friends in your new city.

The usual suspects

Of course, you’ll have co-workers to befriend, but that could be a small pool from which to choose. And, if you're bringing your family with you, they'll want to make new friends too. While school-aged children will find friends in their classrooms and activities, preschoolers and stay-at-home spouses don’t always have built-in relationships. Here are some places where you might discover new friends.

Gyms

Whether you’re an avid Cross-Fitter or casual Zumba class attendee, you’ll find like-minded members at local gyms. Signing up for a class before or after work puts you in the same location as others with similar schedules. Daytime classes more likely have other parents with small children with which to bond.

Houses of worship

Local churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and meeting houses may offer groups, classes, and organizations for you no matter where your interests lie or what schedule you have. Often, daytime gatherings offer childcare or meetings of like-minded folk focusing on a common cause or charity.

Clubs and groups

If you belong to a club in your current home city, check to see if there are branches or chapters in your new city. Ask your leadership for a letter of introduction to smooth the way into your new home’s group.Members of fraternities or sororities should check out chapters in their new city too. 

Hobbies and interests

If you have a hobby or a developing interest in learning about one, craft and hobby stores typically offer classes and workshops where you can meet people with comparable interests.

And if you’re shy?

Making new friends isn’t necessarily easy if you’re naturally introverted or shy. A couple of helpful hints:

  • Be a listener. You don't have to impress everyone you meet with your conversational skills. Just pay close attention to what they want to talk about and ask a few leading questions: "How long have you know about …?" or "Where did you first become interested in …?"
  • Smile. A ready smile attracts people to you and makes you appear friendly (which, when you’re trying to make friends, is a good thing to be).

Make friends of friends’ friends

Remember, while you may not “gel” with everyone you meet, this person might have a friend that is your new-best-friend in waiting.

About the Author
Author

Patricia Braithwaite

Braithwaite Realty Specialties Marketing and Sales in the NW Atlanta areas of Cobb and Paulding Counties specializing in both Commercial, Land and Residential properties as the Listing Agent and/or the Buyer's Agent While serving the real estate needs for the great people of NW Atlanta area for more than 20 years, Pat and her Assistants have met and helped many wonderful people. It has been their privilege to help others take their families, their estates or their employees to the next stage in life, obtaining their future dream.

As a Realtor and a Professional, Pat has used her targeted resources to help Buyers and Sellers make valued decisions and move forward with their Real Estate goals and needs. Beyond her many years of helping local Buyers and Sellers reach their dreams, she is a hard working Broker, highly involved with each Client and Sale.

As a highly ranked Rainmaker on Active Rain, a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and an ePRO Specialist (National Association of Realtors Marketing Certification) and her active partnership with 11Alive - Marietta, she keeps her interests and knowledge sharp and current. Some of Pat’s professional Community accomplishments include Founding President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, 2015 Member of Rotary Club of East Cobb, Founding Board Member of the Paulding Education Foundation and the Foundation's original Scholarship Foundation Chairperson. In 2006 she was honored with the Atlanta Commercial Board's Multi-Million Dollar Achiever Award.

During the Recession, she turned her focus and abilities to match Buyer and Seller homeowner needs and together, they made major progress through hard work and success, reaching multi-million sales per year. Yes, the Buyers and Sellers worked hard through this process also… and through teamwork and targeted efforts, they succeeded. Now the market has recovered for both Residential and Commercial. Pat and her team reorganized and focused to help both markets achieve their goals for their exciting new future.

Pat loves utilizing her previous years of experience in the corporate world in Sales and Marketing to help her wonderful client base succeed with their goals today. She looks forward to meeting and helping you also.

-Braithwaite Realty