Meeting new people in college: let me introduce you to myself

Since we were young, we were told time and time again that college will be where you will meet so many new people and make your life-long friends. However, that wasn’t exactly the case for me.

As an introvert arriving on campus for the first time, I thought I’d step out of my comfort zone- go to fraternities on a Friday night and tailgate for hours before the football games. But after a lot of trial and error, I decided that just wasn’t for me. 

During my sophomore year, all of my roommates were outgoing and wanted to go on rambunctious weekend endeavors, while I wanted to stay in. This of course led to a lot of alone time. While my roommates were out, I was able to discover a lot of different things about myself, like a love for planting. I also took myself out for several cups of coffee and study dates whenever I wanted to. I didn’t have to answer to anyone other than myself.

Although I have to admit that at first I felt kind of left out, having tons of “FOMO.” But I quickly realized how much more I enjoyed my time discovering myself and my own interests and hobbies, and slowly I became my own best friend. I think it’s important to remember that not every college expectation is going to be a reality, not everyone experiences life the same way, and that’s completely ok! Go with the flow and you might just learn a little something about yourself!

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