Staying in a small community or one where you run into the same people is of course a choice that some embrace, and a decision that for some people is quite comforting.
But if a young adult wants to escape an environment she feels is too insular, where she doesn't quite fit in, all she has to do is step out of her own "backyard" and explore one of many numerous other communities. There are worlds upon worlds of different people out there with diverse views and all sorts of things to teach you. Plus you gain a kind of knowledge that can only be acquired by striking out and seeing what's beyond the world you already know.
It's a choice. If you want to meet more people after high school, you will. It's only a matter of expanding your geographical landscape. One option, if you're going to college, is to choose one that offers diversity and a relatively large student body.
Last edited by Korkscrew; 09-08-2013 at 05:33 PM.