Are you an introvert at University? Are you struggling to make and maintain friendships? Do you want to have a great University experience?
Well, here are five tips that might help you out.
1. Take initiative!
Be bold, be brave and take the initiative. You can do it! Make the first move, it’s an introverts worst nightmare, but you need to push yourself. Start that WhatsApp group, post on Facebook groups, suggest to meetup with your classmates etc. Yes, it’s daunting, but doing these things can help you meet new people and build relationships!
2. Don’t isolate yourself!
It’s so easy to get comfortable in isolation. For introverts, isolation feels safe, but it also brings loneliness. Feeling lonely is not nice at all. So, come out of your room, go outside, get some fresh air and communicate with your family and friends!
3. Join societies!
Finding like-minded people in general can be difficult. Societies are there to make it easier. You can find people who share your interests and even encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Also, join societies that you are unfamiliar with. Joining societies will help you to learn new things, build confidence, and, it’s often seen as a plus by employers too!
4. Say “Yes” to Opportunities!
It’s so important to get into the habit of saying “Yes” when opportunities arise. Stop allowing fear, nervousness and anxiousness to hold you back! ‘If you’re too afraid to do it, do it afraid.’ Stop making excuses, let it roll off your tongue, learn to say YES!
5. Be assertive!
Don’t be oblivious to things that are going on. Make yourself aware of things that are happening at university and in the world. Take notice of the behaviour of others, what they are saying and what they are wearing. Knowing these things can help to improve conversational skills. Compliment people if they catch your eye, or join conversations about topics you are passionate about. Always remember that a positive mind brings positive results!