You’ve provided some great advice for meeting new people. However, I’m wondering if the Awkward Army has any experience or advice for meeting people in a rural setting.
I live in a rural state, and in a pretty isolated area (population around 20,000…hour and a half away from from the Big City That Is Not Actually Very Big). I moved here for a job a year ago with a boyfriend in tow, and we have now just broken up. I’m realizing that I really haven’t made very many friends and my Team Me is all long-distance, except for my therapist.
People don’t really do the bar thing here, I don’t have kids so can’t meet other parents at kid events, and I’ve already scoped out meetup.com. Add to that a culture of exclusiveness among people From Here, and I’m starting to feel isolated in more ways than geographically.
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I’m really sorry about your breakup and sorry that it feels extra-hard due to your location.
I’ve spent my entire adult life in cities, so I don’t know how to do this. And I’m applying to film professor jobs all over the country, so I may eventually need this advice very much myself.
Thanks, readers. Help us out.