As a homeschooler, I often have trouble stepping out of my comfort zone. Growing up with my siblings, parents, and best friends (who were also homeschooled) around me was very comfortable. Throughout high school, I was convinced that I was an extroverted people-person. Then, I arrived at college and discovered my true colors.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love people. The hard part for me is stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting new people. Orientation week of my first semester was not quite a nightmare, but I was pretty homesick. I missed my family and my friends from back home: the people who I didn’t have to try to befriend because they already understood me.
I quickly learned that stepping out of my comfort zone and introducing myself to my fellow students was hard. Not just because it was often awkward. Frankly, trying to make new friends and get to know a person on the spot often fails miserably. On the bright side, going through those many awkward encounters yields a few wonderful friendships.
So, whether you’re an introverted homeschooler, or just an introvert trying to feel at home at college, get out there and meet people. You’ll fail miserably, but you’ll also probably meet your future best friend. Meet one new person this week. If it fails, it’s okay. But you will never know until you try.