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My name is Sarah. I am a 24 years old, single young lady who just got my degree in marketing and landed a great new job in Dallas, Texas. I moved from a small town in Georgia, and I really love my new job. My problem is, I just don’t know how to make friends, in a big city like this. Everyone I work with is nice; however, 90% of them are “married” or “older.” How can I meet interesting and new people my age in this town? Please don’t tell me dating sites! I am not looking for a boyfriend – I am looking for some new friends to socialize with, go to dinner with and check out the sights in Dallas!
Signed – Small town girl in Dallas
P.S. I love this city so far and can’t wait to have friends to “explore” with!
Hi Sarah –
I would start by asking some of your new colleagues (even though of course you said they were older or married) if they know what young people do for fun in the city. They should offer you at least a place to start. You could also join some community activities, take a local class (in photography, pottery or whatever your interest is), join a church, and /or a club with activities that may interest you. Look into some local social networks – these are people like you who will also be looking to meet new people.
Once you have joined one of the above, you may want to find a nice person after you have talked to them a few times and invite them to do an activity with you. If they are more familiar with Dallas, ask them what they would like to do and then go for it. Make sure you give it some time, but I bet you will be able to start making new friends quicker than you thought! One more thing – volunteering is a great way to help others, feel good about doing something for someone else, and meet really nice people….
Readers: I welcome your comments and suggestions for this young lady!
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