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Old 01-01-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: HOU & Dallas
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Smile Need Advice on Meeting People in this HUGE City!!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I'm a 22 yr old graduate student at the Univ of Houston and I'm having a hard time really finding my social niche in this city. I'm originally from Dallas and went to college in Baltimore, MD. I have a great core group of friends in both of those cities, but I can't seem to find the same thing here in Houston!

The most obvious thing would be to make friends in my grad program but a majority (I'm talking about 80% here) of the people in my program are 27 yrs +, married, with children, or have a full-time job. Thereforeeee, it's difficult for me to relate to these people, as I'm a bit younger and have more time on my hands.

Any suggestions on how I can broaden my social experience here in Houston??? Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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Join a club or hang out a the Y
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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Are there any organizations or volunteer groups through the university that you can get involved with?
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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Try looking for a meetup group that has your interests and is based in Houston
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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I agree with nana. meetup is a great place to meet people you might have some interests in. Hubby and I had lunch and went to the movies today with some of our group. And there are PLENTY for people your age.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: HOU & Dallas
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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YAP- Young Active Professionals is good if you want a wide range of ppl
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:09 PM
 
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join an excersize group,boot camp or running club that meets in Memorial or Hermann. UofH is such a commuter school that it can be hard. Try hanging out at Rice U places near the village.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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I've heard that going to City Centre is a good way to mingle with new people.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Start geocaching. It's a good way to meet active, social people. They have meet ups frequently, although I have not gone to any myself. Geocachers are often involved in a great many other activities, so it can be a good cross-pollinator.
Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Join the SCCA and start autocrossing. You can race just about any car, and the skills you learn might save your bacon one day. It can be done on a shoestring budget. I raced when I went to Texas A&M and met a lot of good people that way. I never raced when I came back to Houston, but I am about to break back into it.
Houston Region SCCA :: A place for car enthusiasts in Houston

You may also look into hashing, which sounds strange/horrible, but it can be a lot of fun. In a nutshell, its where you drink and run. I did it once in Tampa, so I couldn't tell you much about the scene here in Houston, except that I know it exists.
Hash House Harriers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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