Going to college is a daunting experience, and people seem to think that being an introvert is a disadvantage when navigating the murky waters of college life. In reality, college can be an amazing place for introverts. You will need to be able to manage your time, learn to deal with a little more pressure than you had living at home and going to high school, and develop a lot of patience for those who don’t understand this aspect of your personality. In some ways, the vastness of the college experience can be a lot easier than you’d think, and much easier than the microscopic world of high school.
For an introvert, college can be an amazing experience. You get to select when and which classes to take, so your schedule can be pretty much whatever you want it to be. Of course, with a full course load there will be a lot more of your time taken up with classes and studying, which can be a blessing and a curse. You will need to develop good time management skills so that you get everything done. Procrastination is the enemy of all college students, introverts and extroverts alike.
A lot of students at college are put under pressure to enjoy a certain way of life. We all know the push to go to lots of parties and events is a huge part of the college experience, and you’ll likely be chided for not jumping like a cheerleader at every opportunity to socialize. The good thing is you don’t have to do everything, or anything, outside of attending your classes and making decent grades. That is the beauty of college; you are paying for the experience, so you take what you want out of it. Of course, you’ll probably find lots of things you do want to try, and if you pace yourself you won’t get burned out and stressed out, and will enjoy the college experience a lot more.
Of course, there are always going to be people who just don’t get the introverted aspects of your personality. They won’t understand the need for downtime to recharge and re-energize. You will probably find yourself making friends with a lot of these people, and since you are not from different planets they will eventually either learn to accept you or move on. The first type of person will probably be your friend until you are both old and gray, and the second type is not worth bothering with. You will just have to be patient with those true friends who find it difficult to understand you and let them come around in their own time, or move on if they can’t deal.
College is basically what you make of it. Without the pressure of being with the same people that you’ve grown up with and under the strict supervision of teachers and parents, it’s up to you to decide how much time you want to devote to studying and how much you want to socialize. You are in control of your own life for the first time, and it will be as great as you make it.
Jess is an introvert who didn’t know she was until she married an extrovert and nearly had a nervous breakdown. With a little new-found knowledge, and a lot of patience, she is now doing fine and embracing her introvert personality happily, while writing about her college experiences for DegreeJungle.com, when she has spare time.