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!