Post-School: How to Make Friends

To Make Friends When School's Done

Post-School: How to Make FriendsIt can feel like a mission to make friends after you’re done school. It’s been easy to make friends with the people at school, who are all our own age — you’re basically swimming in a pool of potential friends. However, after you graduating and leaving that pool, where do you find other like-minded people?

Whether you’ve moved away to a new city or just trying to continue expanding your circle, bottom line is that you can always make more friends.

In the real world, there are just so many different people out there. We’re teaching you how to filter that.

Make friends through other friends

Post-School: How to Make Friends

“‘Cause your friend is my friend and my friend is your friend,” right? This is one of the easiest ways to meet new people. You know you’re compatible with your friends, so their friends are likely going to be compatible with you as well. When you’re at a social hosted by one of yours, try to branch out and talk to other people there. If you’re all having fun together, you’re going to find that you like these people too.

You’re bound to get to know, at least by face, the friends of your good friends. So interact with them more and start developing relationships of your own.

Always say “Yes”

To Make Friends When School's Done

Have you ever been invited to a party, but didn’t go because you didn’t know the people there? Let me tell you, “yes” is the magic word of making friends. When someone invites you out for something, let your default answer be “yes”. It’s easy to feel awkward or hesitant about hanging out with people you may not know very well, but it’s only through spending time with them that you’re going to get to know them better.

Never let “not knowing a lot of people there” hold you back from having fun or going to an event where you could be meeting and making friends.

Be friendly

That’s a given. If you want to make friends, you have to be a friend. Be nice, be open, and be someone that people want to talk to and like to be around. And it’s super easy: all you have to do is smile.

Coworkers

Post-School: How to Make Friends
Work is another place, similar to school, where you have a bunch of people that you see everyday. There, you have the opportunity to interact with people who are going to be easy to keep in touch with. And besides, making friends with the people you see everyday is always a good idea. It’ll make for a better and happier work environment and you’ll be happier to go there everyday.

Try commuting with the people who live around your area or carpooling. Have lunch in the staff room instead of at your desk. It can be so easy to make friends with your coworkers, you just have to try.

Don’t discount people a different age than you

Post-School: How to Make Friends

In school, as everyone there is basically the same age, the majority of your friends up until this point have been around your age. However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case when you’re an adult. Most likely, there are going to be a lot of people that you meet that are not your age.

Just because someone grew up with different TV shows than you doesn’t mean you can’t bond or you’ll have nothing to talk about! So next time your elderly neighbour is out in the garden, ask them what flowers or plants they’re cultivating.

Put yourself out there

Post-School: How to Make Friends

The most important thing to remember when you’re trying to make friends is that you are indeed making friends. It’s not just going to happen by itself, like it did in grade school. Get out of the house and put yourself out there! Instead of reading at home, bring your book to a park. Go to a coffee shop and browse the net there. Join a club, an interest group, or a class. Put yourself where people are and you will make friends.

There are lots of opportunities to get to know people and make friends; you just have to recognize and take advantage of them.

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