Ah, Valentine’s Day. An annual reminder to show the ones you love just how much you love them with a cheesy Hallmark card and a box of Russell Stover’s. For others, it’s just another annoying holiday that rolls around once a year to remind you of your single status. Maybe you’ve tried online dating with no avail and the bar scene just isn’t cutting it. What’s a single guy or gal got to do around here to meet people, anyway?
Boston is a tough city to break into for people who are new and looking to expand their social circle or meet potential dates. Many people have turned to online dating to meet new people in their city, but the fact is that good old fashioned “meet cutes” still happen, and with our connections to tens of thousands of active professionals, we’ve got a few ideas for you.
Many Bostonians have come to appreciate the more organic (“throwback”, if you will) social platform that BSSC provides: put together a group of people with similar interests, provide an activity around that interest, and let them take it from there. For some inspiration this Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d provide you with a little BSSC love story!
When Liz Barry moved to Boston from Philadelphia several years ago, she was set adrift in the post-college world where, for the first time, there was no built-in community to rely on. Liz tried meeting people in bars, but had difficulty striking up true friendships there. A year after her move, Liz wanted to learn how to snowboard, so she joined a BSSC weekend ski trip that would change her life.
On that trip, Liz met her now-husband, Courtney. Liz’s BSSC membership has created her entire social circle here in Boston and has provided a gateway to real friendships. “The people I met through BSSC are quality people with the same interests and lifestyle as me,” says Liz, 28, who now leads ski trips for the organization. “And we now do activities outside BSSC events, like going out for lunches or hikes.”
BSSC provides a wide variety of well-organized sports leagues and activities like skiing, travel, zip line & rappelling, volleyball tournaments, Sox games and pub crawls, but for many, BSSC’s greatest value is the people they meet. By virtue of being social and active, the events spark a sense of camaraderie and community that go beyond the activity itself.
“That’s the most gratifying thing about my job,” says Nancy McGeoghegan, BSSC’s sales & marketing director. “BSSC organizes thousands of events annually, but the best part is seeing life-long friendships, and even romances, develop and evolve from people being passionate about what they do.”
So don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down (and don’t spend it surfing Match.com for your next date, either). Check out the social activities at BSSC and challenge yourself, have a great time and make a friend or a romantic connection!