Moving to a new city from a small town was both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It’s exciting to get out of your comfort zone and explore areas beyond where you grew up. For me it was leaving my home town behind while I moved away for college…and I never looked back. Moving away from the comforts of home can be challenging. Here are 5 tips on moving away from your hometown:
- Explore! Explore! Explore! I cannot say this enough. If you just moved to a new city or are planning to, get out and explore your new home. It’s easy to move and stay cooped up in comfort but why do that when you have a whole new area to see. When I first moved to Jacksonville, I would plug places into my iPhone Google Map’s App and see what I could find. I explored the beaches, downtown and even areas close to campus. It helped me see the area I would be living.
- Make an effort to meet people. I moved only know two people: a friend I met through my mom’s coworker and one of my college roommates. I would introduce myself to people in my classes, at my new job and by joining clubs on campus. Make friends! They can introduce you to other people they know and the progress will continue.
- Don’t be afraid to say yes. If your college roommate asks if you want to go to the beach even though you are tired-say yes! The Advertising Club on campus needs a Vice President-say yes! Step up and say yes to new things. (Respectfully of course.) I attended a club function at a local advertising agency having only lived here for two months but I ended up meeting someone at the agency who happened to graduate from the same high school I did. Opportunities happen if you say yes.
- Set a routine. For me, moving came about because I would be attending a University to finish my degree. I had to force myself into a routine that would allow me to be successful without getting into a slump or failing my classes. I joined a co-ed intramural football team on campus. Every Thursday I would go to class from about noon to 3pm then have an evening class from 6-8p. After I would head to the fields to play a football game with my team. I designated time to study and work on homework among my classes and free time.
- Never forget where you came from. Moving away can be so exciting. I used to think I would never miss my hometown after I left. I was very wrong! Never forget where you came from and the people in your life who helped get you to where you are now. For me, it was my parents, brother, friends, professors and photo classmates who all supported my decision to move and further my education. Reminding myself of this keeps me humble. Though it is nice to live in an area where you didn’t grow up!
Moving can be challenging. It was the hardest thing I ever did. But looking on the process now, 5 years after the fact, makes me proud to know how hard I worked for the life I have now.
Moving or have recently moved? Share some of your tips with us here!