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As a college senior, there are many exciting things on the horizon: graduation, moving into a new apartment, starting a full-time job. One aspect of becoming an “adult” that can be daunting is making new friends. Transitioning away from the familiar social structure of school and leaving behind college friends can require more deliberate effort and thought when it comes to forming new friendships. Fortunately, in a recent episode of The Everygirl Podcast, clinical psychologist Dr. Miriam Kirmayer shared valuable insights and tips for making friends as an adult.

Specializing in adult friendships and navigating life changes, Dr. Kirmayer is well-versed in addressing challenging aspects of friendship such as supporting friends through tough times, managing competitiveness in relationships, and handling friend breakups. Here are three of her expert tips for making new friends as an adult, with more advice available on The Everygirl Podcast.

1. Step outside of your regular routine

Dr. Kirmayer emphasizes the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to making friends as an adult. Just as with dating, trying new activities that align with your interests and values can lead to meaningful connections. By exploring activities you enjoy, such as trying different workout classes if you’re into fitness or joining a book club if you love reading, you increase your chances of meeting like-minded individuals. Engaging in fun activities you love can also help alleviate the pressure of meeting new people.

2. Connect with acquaintances who have friend potential

Many of us have acquaintances we often mention meeting up with but never follow through. To expand your social circle, take the initiative to reach out and plan activities with these individuals. Whether they are friends of friends, coworkers, or casual acquaintances, don’t hesitate to deepen your relationships with people you know on a surface level.

3. Stay open-minded

While instant connections with new friends are wonderful, Dr. Kirmayer highlights the importance of keeping an open mind. Not every friendship will have immediate chemistry, and that’s okay. Some of the most fulfilling friendships develop gradually over time. Getting to know someone and sharing experiences at a slower pace can lead to strong and lasting relationships. Remaining open to different types of friendships can ultimately help you discover meaningful connections. You never know when you might meet your next best friend.


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