College is an exciting phase of life. New environment, new friends, newfound freedom – it is the beginning of a new life. And while the most of us are excited to go to college every day, there are some among us who cannot help but dread it. Yes, we’re talking about the introverts!
Life, for an introvert, is extremely difficult. Everyone around you is excited to meet new people, mingle and make friends, strike up interesting conversations with each other, and so much more. Now put an introvert in this situation and they’re like “how does everyone do that so easily?”, “Why can’t I mingle so easily as they do?”, “What do they have to talk about?”
That’s how scary social life is for an introvert. Making friends and socializing with them seems to be a herculean task. For an introvert, expressing oneself is one of the most difficult tasks of all. And that’s the root of all the other hardships that follow.
Being an introvert is difficult as it is, but being an introvert in college is ten times more difficult. First, you’re always surrounded by people. You want to talk to them, but you don’t know how. If anyone initiates a conversation with you, then you don’t know how to respond. Soon, your reputation in the college becomes one of a weirdo. Even if on the rare occasions that you manage to engage in a conversation with another human being, soon you crave to be alone. It’s weird but that’s just how it is.
If you are an introvert living in a dorm, well, then that’s another pickle for you. The constant presence of your roommate, making adjustments with one another to survive in that matchbox of a room, smiling even when you don’t want to are some of the “perks” of dorm life.
Although introverts are often good escapists, they are also always haunted by the fear of missing out. Ironic, isn’t it? As an introvert, you often remain anxious about your surroundings and the people around you. So, you tend to escape to your happy place – your alone time. As appealing as it sounds, it’s not that simple. During your alone time, your mind wanders to the world outside and you wonder, “What if I’m missing out something important?” And as soon as you head out to the world outside among the sea of faces, you long to go to your lone hideout again.
It’s exhausting! All introverts in the house, agree?
Here are ten things that every introvert can relate to!
- “Go out with other human beings? Nah, I’d rather spend some quality ‘me’ time with myself.”
Yes, canceling plans with friends is that easy. And now even your friends have stopped calling you, obvious of the definite answer, “Nah, I’m busy.”
- “Umm, do you mind getting off my face? Thanks!”
Talking to people is exhausting. Period.
- “That’s enough talk for today. I need a break, immediately!”
Too much talking is never good for an introvert’s health. A break is like breathing after inhaling all that people “toxicity.”
- “I don’t avoid your calls. It’s just that my screening process is top notch.”
It’s natural that if you don’t like talking to anyone in person, what would you have to say to them over the phone? All you’ll manage to do is to create an awkward situation with the other person where he’ll be forced to hang up on you.
- “A party, AGAIN? I cannot go! Parties and get-togethers give me the heebie-jeebies.”
The moment anyone mentions anything about any kind of social gathering, you’re out of there.
- “Am I crazy? The voices in my head will never leave me alone.”
While it’s true that you find it hard to talk to people, the voices in your head never seem to have that problem! The rant is on forever folks!
- “I think I’m gonna die alone.”
You have no friends. You make no friends. You almost live like a hermit. It’s settled then, you’re definitely gonna die alone.
- “I have to collaborate with all these people who’re gonna talk constantly? That’s it, I’m officially becoming a hermit now.”
Groups projects suck big time and when you have to work with so many people, the irritation quotient only scales higher.
- “I’m not a weirdo. I just love my company more than anyone else’s.”
Nobody understands your dilemma. Opening up to people and connecting with them is plain hard.
- “Stop asking me if I’m fine already! I’M FINE.”
If you hear this question one more time, you know your ears will explode!
Even if no one understands you, we do guys! We got your back. However you are, you are perfect!