For the most part, college is easy. Once you find your tribe, making friends and getting through college together comes naturally. You have full control of who you spend your time with. But once you graduate college and enter the real world, everything you thought you knew about life and making friends changes. Post-college, it’s not as acceptable as it once was to get bombed at a house party and leave with a new girl gang. Oh, the memories.
If you’re looking for ways to make girlfriends, look no further. We’ve rounded up the top 4 ways in which women can make friends after college. Hint: We’re not going to tell you to go to networking events! Let’s be real — they’re not for everyone. Or anyone.
Consider Bumble BFF
If you prefer to make girlfriends from your couch (because same), consider Bumble BFF. Bumble did something really ingenious when the company created Bumble BFF. They recognized a problem — women find it challenging to make connections — and created a solution that’s changing the way people date and network.
The truth is that it’s so freaking hard to make girlfriends after college. So why not download an app and give it a go?
If you need reassurance that it’s completely acceptable to make friends from a dating and networking app, follow @BumbleBFF on Instagram to see how the app has helped bring women together.
Join Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are gold mines. The right ones are filled with juicy stories and personal experiences from women like you and me. They serve as positive online communities where you can speak your mind without judgement.
Whether you hope to meet women in your city or need dating advice, join Facebook groups! A few of my favorites are The Skinny Confidential group by Lauryn Evarts and the Miss Lifestyler group by blogger Jen Saviano.
Turn to Your Colleagues
This one may break the unwritten rules of *professionalism*, but we believe your co-workers can become some of your closest friends. When you spend a third of your life at work, it’s hard not to get close to your colleagues.
However, proceed with caution when getting close to co-workers. Professional settings are often political and the last thing you want is for your boss to hear more about your personal life than she or he should.
Meet at the Barre
Whether you live in a city that’s full of people your age or a small town that seems to lack women like you, you can likely make girlfriends at the gym.
The right gyms are more than a money pit, they’re a community. Many gyms hold events, group training sessions, holiday parties, and more that are meant to bring members together. Take it from someone who has lived in many places and has been a member of many gyms: Workout buddies help keep you accountable and may even become some of your best friends.