Canadian Prep made a wonderful suggestion on yesterday's post that actually ties in with today's post wonderfully. She said that it would be great if I could share my insight and tips for meeting people and making friends. Thanks for asking - you make a great point.
My secret is that I talk to everyone. I strike up a conversation with anyone whose willing. If you are shy and not sure what to say, a compliment is always a good way to get someone's attention. I try to compliment at least one stranger a day.
My other suggestion is to get as involved as possible in your community - or even outside of it. I have made many of my friends through my sorority alumnae association. If you aren't Greek, try Junior League or another social club. I've also met many wonderful people through my blog and through working at the Lilly store once in awhile. My parents have introduced me to some of my friends. Ask people you know if they know anyone great that you should meet. This option is utilized mostly for romantic purposes, but don't be embarrassed to inquire otherwise! People in your life who know you the best may have a friend that would make a great friend for you as well - they probably just haven't thought to introduce you. It's up to you to remind them!
Of course, the other obvious answer is to do charity work. When I first moved to New York, I got involved with Susan G. Komen, which I have endless respect for. Currently I work with Adopt a Soldier, Green Edge NYC, and my sorority's foundation. I'm struggling with what else to get involved with, as none of the above really allows me to get out there and meet people. Perhaps you all have some suggestions for me?
Today's Preppy Pick is much like last week's. It's not something that can be bought - only obtained. Preppy friends are friends for life.
Here's a photo from the birthday dinner I attended last night.
The Foursome, two years later.