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How to meet new people or make friends circle in US in a New Place?

In Living in US by KumarUpdated : 58 Comments

I had a very hard time to make new friends or find someone who share the same interests when I moved to new location after MS. Often, most of us are in the same situation when you relocate to a new location in America for either job or education. If you are a consultant on H1B visa, then it is even worse as you are always on the go.  Over the years, I have learnt some ways to meet people other than just going to Bars and Salsa dancing for Social life. Let me share some few thoughts on this.

How to find people with common interests in US ?

It is amazing to see how many websites are out there to meet people with common interests. Some of them are good, some are terrible . Based on my experience, couple of websites that I have used have worked fairly well for me. Here are those:

Meetup.com  : This website is amazing, I have seen this evolve over years. You can find people with common interests in a location trying to either search on the interest or search by location. Me and my friend, when I moved to a new location as we did not had any friends, we found an outdoor group and went Hiking, Kayaking, etc. It was so much fun to meet people with common interests. There are meetup groups for people with common interests like cultures, learning a language, dancing, cooking, running, tennis, etc…I can keep on going. If you do not have an account, go to   Meetup.com and register for an account. It is awesome. You do not need to host anything in the beginning, just attend something that are already hosted by someone. Pick the ones that are active and have more people in it…

Craigslist.org:  This website is kind of used very well and abused too. You have to be careful. If you go to Craigslist.org and look  under the community section right on the top and look for activities, you will find a variety of people trying to look for activity partners like Running, playing Volleyaball, Gym partner, etc. You can also post an Ad too if you are looking for someone to do activity. You have to be a little careful here and do not just give out your number to random people, just act with caution and meet the people in public area.   My roomie found all this tennis partners with through craigstlist.

Professional or Social Organizations : Another  quick way is to just search on Google for Professional or social organizations in that area. You will get some websites of that area and attend an event, you will meet new people.

It is always the starting point that is tough to get to meet new people. Once you have few friends, the network multiplies…Once I made some friends, it was quite easy to add more friends to my network…

What’s the Goal of meeting new people?  How does it work ?

The goal of  trying all the above stuff is to meet new people. It could be even just one person for playing tennis, as you meet one person you get connected to that person’s network and then slowly that person’s friends become friends to you…your network expands, over time you will have so many people to hang out with and have a social life. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to build a good decent friends circle…but, it can be quick too if you are extrovert and open to meeting people.  Make sure you exchange numbers or email to keep connected and ask them whats up for weekend and ask them to tell about city and may be show around the town as you are new… The point is, you have to ASK people !

   

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  2. Grace

    Hi am Grace. Ready to listen. And like making new friends.am always there to listen. Together we make d world a better place.

  3. Elival Batista Nascimento

    I want to make a new friend in US I’ dont have a good english but I’ hope to improve the language. Tks for anybody for interest to help me.

  4. Paul

    Am Carlos Paul, i live in Kenya Africa my dream is to begin in America so i want you to help me to get there please, lam a phones teche please make my dream become true

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    Thank you

  6. Patrick Henry Muchende

    Hallow am Patrick Henry Muchende from Kenyan.Ithank God for this website,is the only way ican meet you and chat Am saved through christ JESUS.Am ahumble man 30years old praise and woship leader in our church.Ilike friend and making friend everyday.You are their please iwould like to chat with you male or female God bless all.

  7. Ruben Jackson

    Hi my name is Rhoda my nationality is Kenyan but for now I live in Tanzania I’m 13 years old I’m going 14 I’m living with my mom but I’m not happy I’m suffering and I have a lot of pain in my heart because my mom is sick and me I want to study but how I need money for pay my school fees mom she is sick she is the only one that I have in short I need someone to support me if you want to take me to live with you I don’t care only I want is me to study and my mother healthy place help me

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      ’m kouakou Julien by name I live in Nigeria Africa. My dream is to begin in America so I want you to help me to get there please. I’m a fashion designer specialist in African design. Please make my dream become true.

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