Anonymous asked: Ok so I've been homeschooled for three years now, and only recently have I started to make friends and whatnot in my homeschool group thing. And of course, we're moving. Any advice on making friends that are also homeschooled in my new area? I think I'm moving to Lubbock Tx (which is the homeschooling capital of the US) so there won't be a lack of them, I'm just shy...
Here are some previous posts on the topic of making friends in a new area, just to get you started- 1, 2, 3.
Any time you want to make friends, homeschooled or otherwise, this is my advice- figure out where the people are, and then go there.
Want to make homeschooled friends? Research homeschool groups in the area and go to their activities.
Want to make friends who share your religion (or lack thereof)? Google your denomination and the name of your town and see what comes up.
Want to make friends who share your hobbies? Search for activities in your new city that involve those hobbies- clubs, classes, organizations, volunteer groups, etc.
Want to find study buddies? Take a class that you’re interested in.
Beyond that, keep an eye on community bulletin boards (my local natural grocery store has a huge bulletin board with posters for everything from poetry readings to cooking classes to local concerts), and local event calendars (here’s one I found in Lubbock for you), which will tell you where to go to meet people who share your interests. When you go to these places, keep your eyes out for other activities- for example, I’ve gone to local open mic nights and found out about songwriting workshops, gone to plays and found out about volunteer opportunities, and gone to church and found out about classes and Bible studies.
Now, I realize that you’re shy and I totally understand. I’m an introvert, and I rarely go out of my way to talk to strangers. For people like us, activities where you’re forced to communicate with people can be really helpful- I met a lot of my homeschool friends through ballroom dance classes, and I met most of my college friends through speech class and group projects. These kinds of activities give you easy conversation starters- “How long have you been dancing?”, “I really liked what you said about ___ in your speech- where did you read about that? I’d love to learn more about it.” I’ve also made some good friends by participating in NaNoWriMo activities (Lubbock has a region :D ), though that won’t kick into gear again until October 2013. Keep in mind that you don’t have to limit yourself to homeschool activities- I met my best friend (who has never been homeschooled) through a Bible study when we were in junior high.
Try out different things. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to stick with it. No matter how long you’ve lived somewhere, there are always new things to explore and new people to meet. Good luck! :D