An Introvert’s Guide To College


Having trouble in college because you have the personality of an introvert? No worries! Challenge yourself to follow these simple steps to function and thrive comfortably.

When Your Roommate Asks You to Go Out With Them, Say Yes! I know it will pain you to do so. I know you planned to re-watch The Office. I know Fortnite is practically calling your name. I know that putting on pants and making yourself look presentable on a Tuesday night is that last thing you want to do. While it’ll be easy to tell your roommate no, still say yes. Truth is, there are only so many times they will ask before they give up on you entirely. Act now, or regret it later.

If You’re Standing At A Bus Stop And Spot Someone You Know From Class Or Your Dorm Or A Club You’ve Just Joined, Go Talk To Them. Do not assume that they will see you, walk up, and start the conversation. Like you, they will probably make brief eye contact and proceed to find solitude in their phones. Fight the anxiety inside of you, take a deep breath, and allow the “Hey” to flow out of your mouth with ease. If you must, begin the conversation by asking about the weather or complimenting them on their outfit. You can even throw a little sarcasm in your retorts– but don’t forget to laugh from time to time, and most of all, reassure yourself that awkward silence is, in fact, a socially acceptable concept (that which has been in the friendship-making game longer than you have).

For The Love Of All Things, Speak Up! You’re not mute. You know the answer to that chemistry problem. You know the realistic implications of that poem. You know the correct formula for that equation. Yet, whenever your professor asks, you look away, scribble in your notebook, or pick at your nails. Sometimes, you even contort your expression into one of confusion just so the professor can note your oblivion. For those reasons, I challenge you to speak up. If you’re confident in yourself, there’s nothing to lose. Don’t let laziness, indifference, or fear stop you from showing off the embodiment of intelligence that you are.

Don’t Make A Habit Of Staying In On Friday Or Saturday Nights. Granted, this doesn’t mean that you have to go out and party like it’s 1999 every weekend. This doesn’t equate to going back to the folk’s house either. Despite its appeal, don’t let yourself be alone. Ask that person you sit next to in class if they want to catch a movie. Grab some neighbors and host a game night. Convince your roommate that the Tate activities are worthwhile and go check them out. Whether it’s doing something or nothing, don’t let yourself do it alone.