5 Easy Ways You Can Meet New Crushes Outside Of School

Sometimes, you just want to crush on someone and there’s no one available.

This, frankly, is just the worst. I expect crushes to be at my every beck and call, personally–there when I want them, gone when I don’t, and conveniently tucked away for later use when I’m not sure how I feel about them just yet–but, unfortunately, the crush system doesn’t quite work like that. (I have been told that they are “humans” and don’t “acquiesce to my every whim.”) You can, however, take matters into your own hands if you really just need someone to crush on, but no one at your school is really doing it for you. Check it out:


Do some volunteering in the community! This is a great way to meet people who share your desire to be ~altruistic.~ Plus, worst case scenario, it'll just look really good on your college applications. My advice? Hit up an animal shelter. You can hang out with potential baes--but, more importantly, you'll be with puppies. I mean, how could you lose?

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Get A Job

Not to sound like your mom when you ask her for money to go to the movies, but having a job is a great way to meet new people. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, either--there's something about especially menial jobs, like scooping ice cream or waiting tables, that really bonds people together. Plus, the extra cash you'll get in the process doesn't hurt.

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Join A Club

Figure out what you're interested in then get out in the community and do it! If you like being dramatic, there are usually a million community theater shows going on at any given moment. If you like sports, join a club soccer or running team. There's always stuff going on, so this is a great way to meet new people who you know will have the same interests as you.

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Hang Out With Friends From Other Schools

You probably have friends who live close by but ended up at different schools than you due to enrolling in private school or weird zoning laws or something. Hit them up! I mean, obviously, don't be like, "I want to hang out with you, but ONLY so you'll introduce me to a potential crush." That's not cool. But if you hang out with them and their group of friends from school you'll probably come across someone worthy of crushing on.

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Go Online

Obviously, use a lot of caution here--use legit sites and make sure the person who you're talking to is really who they say they are. (There are some good tips for meeting people from online IRL here.) But online methods are an increasingly legitimate means of meeting new people--and why shouldn't they be? We spend most of our time on our computers and smart phones, anyway, so there's no reason why they can't be used to meet new people. To do this, I'd say to use sites that are more "social" than "dating"-oriented. Like, you know, Twitter or Tumblr over Tinder or OkCupid.

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Have you ever tried to meet a new crush outside of school? How did you do it? Let us know in the comments!

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