Moving to any new place can be scary, especially if you have to do it on your own.
After about 8 years living in Toronto, I was thrilled to get a job at BIG FM. I’d been to Simcoe Region plenty of times prior to moving here at a friends cottage in Orillia. After getting my living situation in order I became an official resident of Barrie this past month.
After getting used to the job I realized something…I was lonely. Aside from my co-workers, I didn’t know anybody in the city. I like a quiet night at home watching hockey as much the next guy, but you kinda long for human interaction after a while. My friends and family are only an hour drive south, but once work was done I’d feel like I was alone.
If you just moved here by yourself for college, a new job or just a change of scenery, here are things that can help you feel more at home.
1. Let People Know You’re New Here
Even if you’re a shy person, you can make friends with almost anybody in this city. Barrie is an incredibly friendly place, and if you happen to strike up conversation with somebody (on a bus, buying coffee, etc), let them know you’re new to town and trying to get settled. Most times they’ll offer to keep in touch, or at the very least give you some insight on things to know or do in town.
2. Your Work Friends Don’t Have To Be Just Work Friends
These people, in all likelihood, are the people you will see the most. If you feel like you gel with certain co-workers, offer to hang out outside of work, get a beer, play pool, wrestle a bear, etc. You co-workers can end up becoming your best friends, even after you change jobs down the road.
3. Clubs And Sports Leagues
Chances are, if you are a living breathing human being, you have interests or hobbies. Thankfully, other human beings also have interests and hobbies, and there’s a good chance there are local gatherings that can help you meet people. If you’re a sports person, then there are DEFINITELY rec leagues around here. Check out websites like simcoe.com or Barrie Today for local events and clubs.
Your Barrie friends are out there. It’s up to you to go find them.