4 Ways to Meet New Friends

Whether because you've recently moved, started at a new school or are simply searching for a more solid crew to surround yourself with, finding new friends can feel a little bit frightening at first.

However, it doesn't have to be! If you're ready to meet new friends (and ones that are actually amazing), we're here to help. Here are some easy ways to do just that:

1. Don't Be Afraid to DM

Social media is, at its core, social. That means it's a perfect source for meeting new people who may share similar interests or mutual friends—all without even leaving your room. If you see someone on your friend's feed or story that looks like a person you might get along with, there's no shame in shooting them a DM over Instagram. Alternatively, you could ask your mutual friend to invite them to join next time you guys hang out (some people are afraid to try to merge their friend groups in the fear that they won't get along, so you asking first is probably a weight off their shoulders too!). Even if it's someone that just lives in your city and posts a lot of content that's totally up your alley, you can still send them a little message just to break the barrier (it's usually best started with an, "I know this is weird lol but…" sort of intro).

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2. Talk to Your Classmates

This one may seem obvious, but talking to the people nearest you in class is one of the easiest ways to make friends. This is especially true if you've just started college or transferred to a new school, as you're a completely fresh face and others probably want to get to know you too! Plus, it always helps to have a study buddy for that next major exam.

 

3. Join a Club or Sport, Even If None of Your Other Friends Join With You

Sure, it's easy to join an after-school club or intramural sport if all your friends are already doing it, but doing it alone can feel a little daunting. There's no need to feel weird about it though—after all, you already know that all the people who are going to be there are also into the thing that you are! Shared interests and hobbies can be integral to forming solid friendships, so beef up your resume with those extracurriculars and make some lasting connections while you're at it.

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4. Compliment People

Last (but certainly not least) comes what is possibly the easiest way to meet new friends: Compliment people! It can be as simple as complimenting the nails of the girl checking out your purchase at your favorite clothing store or the shoes of the person who sits next to you in class. Compliments make people feel good and open up a conversation with someone you might not otherwise have been able to. Now that's a win-win situation if we've ever heard of one.

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In fact, complimenting people is such a good way to make friends that we have a whole article about it! Check it out and steal some solid tips by clicking HERE, then get ready to meet new friends and make memories that last for life.