The transition from high school to university is not an easy one. With the drastic increase in the academic workload, responsibilities, pressure to succeed from parents and living away from home, it is easy to see how it can be an overwhelming experience. This is especially true for shy people. The added apprehension about meeting people and having to interact with roommates and others within various social contexts can be a source of potential anxiety for some. Well, I’m here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be. University is a great opportunity to discover new things about yourself and to overcome your shyness. Through my experiences I have found that most people tend to be very kind and welcoming of conversation. Just be yourself and pursue what interests you as you are bound to encounter others that share some of your interests. The great thing about university is that you can meet some very cool people who come from countries that you have never heard of or who have really cool hobbies. For example I’ll bet that the majority of you haven’t met anybody from a country called Mauritius, have you? Well I have and they are some of the coolest people ever! (If you have never heard of this country, search it on Google. It’s very interesting and it has a really cool history). I have also met some of the most incredible artists at university. One of my good friends (who is also an artist) is ambidextrous and he can draw portraits of people with both hands at the same time! Basically what I am trying to say is don’t let your shyness get in the way of what can be one of the greatest experiences of your life! I’ve also got some tools to help you guys out. I came across this website the other day and I think it may be of some help. Basically it was created by a guy who considered himself to be socially awkward when he was growing up and how he was able to overcome it. He has some really great tips on the website and you might benefit from checking it out. The link is here. I also wrote another article about how to expand your comfort zone, which may also be of some assistance to you.
All the best guys!