New friends smiling
Making friends while living abroad is no easy task. Between language and culture barriers, it might seem easier to simply stick to your own kind — but that’s no way to travel! In order to make the most of your time away from home, follow these few simple rules to open yourself up, make friends, and build connections...
Women at a table talking
The first time I met Michaela, she told me she loved to speak Spanish and had been learning it since she was a child. As a lover of languages myself, I instantly felt close to her and wanted to get to know her better. Michaela and I would laugh together as we exchanged untranslatable words and expressions, like slang...
Are we friends? Kawtar-Cherkaoui
Becoming Facebook friends is as simple as accepting a virtual request, those friendships might never involve engaging in actual conversation, which makes me wonder if those friendships actually ever existed at all. Trusila explores what it takes to be actual friends in the age of social media and tries to understand...
Making Friends at Work: The Unwritten Rules
A third of our lives will be spent at work, and considering that the other third is spent sleeping, there is really not much time left to socialize and create a well adjusted social life. That is why its important to make friends at work and try to maintain these friendships. But how do we go about it, is it even...
Making “Close” Friends: Why Proximity Matters
Friendships are a core part of our lives and help us to be well adjusted. However, in today's society the struggle in creating lasting friendship leaves us with more questions on how to improve how we relate. In my quest to establish how to make friends, I realized that physical and emotional proximity help immensely...
Extrovert singing karaoke
You walk into a room full of strangers and it's like you're back at a junior school disco. The nearest group has been talking about a show you've never heard of for the last five minutes. You've missed your chance to jump in. You curse yourself for not being an extrovert. Will it ever get easier?