I’m a Freshman here at Alcorn and I really do enjoy the environment of the institution. The only problem is I want to get out and enjoy the people and become a part of different organizations on campus but there’s one big problem, I am exceedingly shy. One would say I’m socially awkward. I want to have friends but I don’t know how to make or keep a friend. My social life was extremely awkward in high school and I swore that I would change all of that in college but unfortunately it’s the same situation. Are there any words of wisdom that you can give me that would make me more socially acceptable? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Desperate for a Friend
Dear Desperate for a Friend:
I can see that you’re in quite a predicament. To be honest, I had the same problem when I went off to college. I was two hours away from home, with no family, and I didn’t know anyone here. The one thing you have to do is venture out and explore all new possibilities. Don’t stay in your dorm room 24/7. Go to events and learn to open up to people that might spark up a conversation. Join the clubs and organizations that interest you and you’ll for sure end up meeting someone you’re compatible with. College is much different from high school. College is all about experiencing new things and you have to go with the flow in order to have a successful four years. Good luck!