Moving to a new city is exciting! After all, you are starting from scratch with a new place to live and work. A new city brings sights to see, and of course, new people to meet! A new city opens up a diverse mix of people and cultures, including locals who have vastly different perspectives and experiences to yours, and will enrich and widen your outlook on life.
Navigating in Greenville can be especially challenging to someone like me, who is from the Midwest. That area of the country was planned by creating homesteads. So for the most part, everything is on a grid system; most roads are north/south or east/west. It took me a while to realize that in Greenville I couldn’t just turn on a road and expect that it was going to head in a certain direction! I also had to really think while I was traveling on I-85. I knew I wanted to go east or west, but the signs only say north or south!
How do you navigate when you are new to an area? How do you go about finding a doctor and other professionals? I found the best resource for most things was to reach out to my co-workers, most whom have lived in this area for the majority of their lives. Another great source for information has been our children’s school teachers some of whom are also new to this area and understand the struggle.
An additional resource is to volunteer at charities that are meaningful to you. The more you put yourself in places that fit your interests and lifestyle, the easier it will be to find people with whom you have things in common. Also, the more involved you are in the community in which you’re building a life, the easier it will be to feel at home.
I have also found that keeping in touch with friends from my previous “life” has helped a lot. It is so much easier to do in our constant communication world! There is no better feeling than setting a goal for yourself and working each day to achieve it. Learning your way around a new city (not just physically) is a reward as you continue to see the progress that you are making!
Written by: Carol Tribby
Carol Tribby joined the Godshall team in 2013 as the Director of Business Development. She was born in Wisconsin. She lived there and in Iowa growing up. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She lived in that area until she relocated to Greenville, SC in 2013. She and her husband have 6 year old twins and love to camp and hike in their spare time.