University is a huge step for anyone. It’s one of those ‘life-moments’ which you will look back on in a few years and think “I really did that” or “finding that course gave me that success”. For many people, it’s an exciting period; a time when you can discover yourself, find new friends, and basically have fun. But for some, more specifically introverts, it can be a time full of anxiety and nervousness.
Introverts can find themselves in a bit of a catch-22, because they want to strive, educate themselves, and climb the educational ladder, but they can find themselves too scared to interact, join in, and basically become part of the university fold. It’s tough. But don’t worry; because there are plenty of reasons why the introvert can succeed at university.
The trouble with introverts and the university scene is it is a very social set-up. The majority of students like to party, drink a lot, have fun, and then they study at the last minute, so this is clearly not the ideal situation for an introvert.
This environment can be quite an intimidating one for an introvert, as the noise, social-aspects and partying goes against almost every time an introvert will feel comfortable with. But fear not, because while university can be like the aforementioned, it can also be about the solo-journey. You can happily walk around campus keeping yourself to yourself, listening to music, and studying by yourself.
There are loads of places to call your own, and if you don’t like the hustle and bustle of the main social areas there are still plenty of areas which are designed for quiet and studying. If you want to avoid one of the biggest social ventures, Facebook, then just don’t create an account. It’s easy to stay away from the situations you won’t feel comfortable with.
Most university courses last three to four years, so remember that you will be in it for the long-haul, meaning you will become more comfortable by the day. The first few weeks may be quite a shock to the system, but as time goes by you will have the opportunity to find a few friends who you may get on well with, along with finding out what the course is all about. It’s a long road, but one you can walk.
If you do find you’re struggling, remember that your family and friends are only a phone call or Skype away. It’s so much easier these days to contact your loved ones – so make use of the latest technology and have video chats with your family. This will not only make you feel better, but will calm you of any anxiety and nervous-tension you may have building.
The final thing to remember is that you are doing something productive and life-changing. Going to university is an incredible experience, and if you really apply yourself you could leave with a seriously impressive degree, lots of life experience, and potentially a lot of new friends. Try and embrace this and give it your all.
Being an introvert at university is a step-by-step process, but with the aforementioned tips and plenty of bravery you should get a lot out of the experience. Take your time, be yourself, and talk about any worries or anxiety you may have. This could well make the difference.
|Author: Thank you to Jenny B a guest writer and the Telegraph Course Finder team who worked together in bringing you this educational article.