I wanna be a social animal
October 20, 2010 7:48 AM Subscribe
I'm leaving college, and I want to know where I can find a sense of community in the 'real world.'
posted by showbiz_liz to Human Relations (28 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I will soon graduate from college, move to an unspecified Somewhere Else, and begin my adult life. Recently, I’ve been giving some serious thought to what I want out of that life, and the only thing I feel like I really have to have is a sense of community. In college, that’s easy enough to find, but in the real world I get the idea that it’s something you have to look for. I want to know where I should be looking for it.
I’m asking about this because the happiest adults I know are members of communities- I’m thinking of people who go to big churches, troupes of performers, and people involved in various social justice movements. What they all have in common is the presence of a social space where everyone knows everyone (or, at least, where everyone is a friend of a friend) and people participate in some type of constructive or meaningful activity together.
I'd never really been a part of something like this until college, where I became active in several school clubs. Being in those clubs changed my life for the better, and I worry that I won't be able to recapture that once I leave.
So, my question is- where should I look to find potential communities? Where did you (or people you know) find community? (I've read the questions about making friends after college, but I feel like this is a bit of a different problem.)