With the driven nature of Millennials today, whether we are moving for a promotion or seeking the next best thing, ending up in a new city can be inevitable. This can be an overwhelming experience for many, especially, since meeting new people after our school years can propose quite the challenge. How do we manage to make a place our own? Here is Positivity Filter’s survival guide on adapting to a new city!
Location, location, location!
Do not underestimate the importance of where you decide to reside. If you like to be in the middle of all the action, do your research and find the neighborhoods that are proximal to restaurants, art galleries, concert venues, bars, etc. In the long run, you will be much happier if you have the ease of access to meeting other young professionals, a short commute to work, hiking trails, or whatever you prioritize to enhance your quality of living. Also, do not hesitate to reach out to your manager/coworkers to take advantage of their familiarity with the area- they will be able to point you in the right direction to accelerate your search process.
Make your home your place.
Is your pad one that you enjoy coming back to? Procrastinating unpacking those boxes and embellishing your walls can impact your mood in ways you may not realize. Create the environment that helps you unwind after that long day!
Get hooked up.
Don’t know anyone where you are heading? With the convenience of social networks, this step is super simple. Reach out to friends and family to ask who they know. Get set up! Keep in mind that it’s a lot like a blind date- you have no idea what to expect, you may get stood up, you may enjoy their company or you may not. It’s a gamble, but you have nothing to lose.
Meet people through work.
If you have the opportunity, pursue happy hours and team bonding events as much as possible!
Meetup is a great, proactive way to meet new people while engaging in activities that are enjoyable to you. How does it work? Create a brief profile and search for hobbies/activities that are of interest to you….join the relevant groups and voila! There is a multitude of choices to pick from…whether it is sand volleyball, networking, or even karaoke. Most groups have weekly meetings and charge a very small membership fee.
Get out of your comfort zone.
Say yes. Try new things. Make the first step to introduce yourself to people…using the “New Kid On The Block” card can be a great conversation starter.
Appreciate the differences of your new city and discover the charms.
Yeah, you’re going to have embark on the quest for a new go-to Chinese takeout place and maybe you will also have to revamp your wardrobe due to a climate change. Adjusting can take an extra effort, but the quicker you embrace the change rather than comparing to it where you previously lived, the smoother the process will be. Every place has its own charm…find out what it is known for and get your feet wet. What are the best places to eat? Annual festivals? What are the popular weekend getaways?
From personal experience, I can say that adapting to a new city can be what seems like a sluggish process. Just as you would make it a priority to dive into your new career opportunity and get ahead of the learning curve, be proactive to do the previously mentioned things in this list. Hang in there, have an open mind, and lean on your friends and family for the times you may get homesick.
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