Whether you just moved to Birmingham or you’ve lived here your whole life, it never hurts to try new things and meet new people. Start with activities or events that center around your own interests so that you feel comfortable enough to open up and meet new friends.

 

Follow Your HobbyRecreational basketball team.

If you love sports, try finding a recreational league nearby. If you’re crafty, check your local hobby stores. Arie Lane has public workshops ranging from arm-knitting to creating framed art. No matter what your hobby is, there’s bound to be a group with similar interests who’d love to welcome new members.

 

VolunteerVolunteers walking a dog.

The best way to enhance your life is through changing the lives of others. So many local organizations are in need of helping hands. You can help young women get back on their feet again by serving food or teaching a class with First Light. You can also impact the lives of animals at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Through volunteering you can meet new people who share your passions while giving back.

 

Visit a New Nightlife SpotFriends toasting drinks.

Birmingham has so many different bars that there’s no way that you’ve tried them all. Go to a new spot, even if your favorite bar is only a few miles from your apartment. Splurge on the Uber ride so that you can be around a new crowd. You can even go to a trivia or bingo night.

 

NetworkYoung professionals networking.

Expand your professional network while working on expanding your social circle. Several different organizations put on networking events that are open to the public. You can even go to smaller, more specific events. Some of these include events for those under 40 or for women looking to meet fellow business women.

 

Reconnect with Your Roots

See if there’s a Birmingham alumni chapter for your college. Even though you went to the same school, there are probably a few people that you never had the chance to meet on campus. If you were involved in Greek Life, there’s also a good chance that there’s a local alumni group for that, too. You already have at least one thing in common, so small talk should be a breeze!

 

Text by Katherine Polcari