Are you the type of person who prefers peace & quiet over socializing? Would you much rather chill out on your own catching up on Netflix, than hang out with strangers at a party? Well, the chances are you are a bit of an introvert, or you will at least have some introverted tendencies.
If you have more of a reserved soul and are heading off to college soon, then everything may seem a little bit daunting right now. You could have all sorts of worries going through your head when it comes to meeting new people and settling into a new social lifestyle. But the truth is, you really don’t need to be apprehensive.
College may well be what you’ve been waiting for to flourish! So here’s some tips on how to boss college as the introvert you so fabulously are!
Find fellow introverts
Believe it or not, but college will be full of other introverts too. Take some time to seek out the people who you get on with the most. The chances are that you will be into the same kind of things with the same interests, so keep your eye out for potential friends whenever you meet new people. As an introvert, you probably prefer to get to know people one-on-one, so be confident and inquisitive when chatting to fellow freshers. You’re all in the same awkward boat!
Accept the new normalities
College is not like high-school. I repeat – college is NOTHING like high-school. This is your chance to shine like the star you are, so take all the opportunities that come your way to find your type of people and really find your social lane. College is full of new norms. There’s no more cliques and judgemental stereotypes. This time in your life is about being proud of who you are and owning it. If you want to spend the night in the library rather than going to a fraternity party, then so be it! You’ll be the one laughing on results day.
Be honest and open
This brings us onto the next one – learn to say no when you want to. Don’t be worried about turning invites down, and don’t fear being ‘anti-social’. People will understand when you’re not in the mood, and that sometimes you just need some alone time. However, saying all this, actually saying yes to a plan you usually wouldn’t accept might actually surprise you. You might surprise yourself too. So be open-minded once in a while.
Find your type of fun
What’s your type of fun? What do you enjoy doing the most? Rather than following along to what everyone else seems to be doing, trying making your own plans – ones that make you happy. This is your experience, and there’s so much out there for you to enjoy. Be proactive and get creative. Find some new passions and hobbies.
Wear your badge with pride
Just because you prefer your bed to a bar, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to be happy at college. In fact, your introverted ways mean you’re more likely to succeed – according to science you have better concentration levels, you’re more committed, you’re more in touch with your feelings, and you’re also much more observant. Wear your badge with honor!
College is a huge milestone, so congratulations on reaching it. Never let anything or anyone stand in the way of you succeeding. Especially yourself.