So you’re not the super bubbly college freshman bouncing around from parties, to mixers, to sports functions. By no means does that mean college won’t be fun for you. In college you will be a part of a diverse community of learners, which is what makes a campus community rich and unique. Here are the top 5 socializing tips for introverted college students.
- Find a club or organization that allows you to be in your element. Often, even if you are introverted, being able to talk to people about something you love who have a common interest is the best thing to get you out of your shell. Likeminded people will help you to develop a community where you will feel safe and secure.
- While it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time, don’t feel like you need to keep up with all the party animals. While some students and peers may have something social going on every night, that just may not be for you–and that’s okay! Juggling classes, homework, schedules, work and friends is overwhelming enough; you don’t need to add the stress of a full social calendar or late nights out. Be patient with yourself and ease yourself into a social life. This will be less scary and more practical.
- Give yourself time to adjust. With time you will find your groove and if you are open and receptive, people you can trust and enjoy time with will come into your life. Be patient and positive about the entire college experience and good things will come.
- Stay in touch with family and friends from home. These are the people that likely know you best. They will be essential to talk to when you need a good vent session or if you need some friendly, honest advice. Often your instinct may be to lie and tell friends and family that everything is all right even if it isn’t. Be honest and remember that these people want to be there for you to help you through any challenges or frustrations you may face.
- Don’t let Facebook get you down. While Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with old friends and connect with new people from college, it can be deceiving as well as depressing at times. This platform allows individuals to share everything going on in their lives so that they can boast and brag about all the amazing things they are doing. Often this can leave the rest of us feeling boring, below-par and average. Don’t let these posts or pictures let your feel down or depressed about your own situation. Focus instead on all of the positive things you are doing in school through friends, academics and campus involvement. The first year is only a fraction of the entire college experience and you have so much more to look forward to!
As an introvert, the college experience can be an intimidating one as you try to navigate new friends, peers, classmates, and teachers. If you have the right attitude, get involved, have patience with yourself, and reach out to family and friends you will have a much easier time adjusting. Whether you are pursing a bachelors degree or if you ultimately strive to get an executive masters in health administration, these tips will serve you well and help to keep things into perspective.