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(September 12, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Itís a new year and everyone wants the year to go well. Even if you have the greatest group of friends around you that you could ever want, itís natural and even preferred to find new members for your posse. If youíre the new woman in the room, making new friends is even more daunting because you donít often have a back-up plan, but it can easily be done.

Start Early

If you can, start finding friends before the school year starts. Look for neighbors who will be going to your school or join an organization or sport that starts before the school year. A few days of sweaty marching band practice and youíll likely have the kind of friends youíll enjoy the rest of your life. Nothing bonds people together more than suffering through hours of flags and horns on a blacktop.

Get Involved

Once school starts find a way to get involved in something Ė anything Ė that suits your interest. Being involved in a group, a club, an organization, a sport, whatever, will put you in touch with other people who like the same things you do. It can be as simple as showing up for choir practice and meeting the other sopranos in your section to be instantly accepted into a group.

Look for Holes

Look for openings in other groups that look like fun. The perfect scenario is another new individual who might be looking for a friendly face. If you can find that, youíll be in business. Another chance is to look for groups that seem to have odd numbers. A group of three friends can usually use a fourth one for group projects or when they are forced to pair up in class. Look for threes or fives and just ask if the extra seat is taken Ė no? Itís yours. If they look hesitant or are all huddled up together talking, keep walking. There will be a group thatís more open and friendly out there Ė donít force yourself in.

Be Friendly

Even if it hurts, keep smiling a natural smile and find light, funny things to contribute to a conversation. You want the others to be glad you joined them. Donít just sit there like a bump, find something to say to the others and politely answer any questions they ask you. Include a few extra details as well so that the others know youíre warm and open. It can be tough, but becoming friends requires opening yourself up just a bit and taking that first risk.

Donít lay everything out on the line right away Ė you can regret it if this doesnít turn out to be the right group. Mention something that most everyone is comfortable with Ė you love of Breaking Dawn, your fascination with Heroes, how you love to hang out online, etcÖ and youíll find common ground in no time.


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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 20, 2009
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furiouseggs

18/Female
Niger
Posted On: October 4, 2009
LOL.

&i never said it implied anything to change yourself.

But why would you have someone else tell you how to make your friends? If that were to happen we might as well have them choose who we marry. Again, i highly disagree with this whole article. Waste of time.

(:-C< 3
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: September 17, 2009
I'm the same, Angelique!

I used to be so outspoken, and now I'm so quiet!

What happened??
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 17, 2009
Think it's a great article too! Though I don't know what activities a married housewife that lives in the sticks is going to do, lol! I'm sure if such things existed in my area that they'd help though!
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: September 17, 2009
Nothing in this even implies that you should change yourself to make friends. These things are merely suggestions to people who may have trouble making friends and most of them are things that I myself would suggest.

The activities thing is an especially good one for people like me who can't talk to strangers to save their life...you would be joining something that had something to do with your own interests (such as book club, art club, school basketball team, etc.) not faking an interest that you really dislike. That would just be pointless.

Anyway...I for one actually think this is a good article.

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furiouseggs

18/Female
Niger
Posted On: September 17, 2009
Why would you tell someone how to make friends?

That's just changin themselves, and not you helping.

The only way to get a friend that you know is right to actually hang out with is to be yourself around them and not go around carrying around a folded piece of paper saying ' Step 1. GO get involved in an activity.....'

How's that going to help? Say what you want, but i disagree.(:

Kaythanks!;D< 33
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 17, 2009
I'm horrible at making friends. I'm awful at small talk and I'm just awkward in general. I don't know what happend, I was your average Miss Popularity a few years back...all of a sudden I'm shy and at a loss for words.

I have tons of online friends but get me on the phone or in person and I'm lost, lol!
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