Leaving home and attending a Summer Discovery program can seem very daunting for an introverted student. Here are some suggestions to help you feel more comfortable on campus.
Seek quieter, more low-key environments
If you need a place to decompress, search for hidden nooks and crannies on campus. Go to a “silent zone” in the library or find a place to sit under a staircase, in a corner of a building, or under a tree in a garden or park.
Reconsider your lunch time
Most people choose to eat lunch midday when the dining hall is swarming with people. It may be best to avoid the rush. Learn the scheduled hours of your dining hall and plan your lunch accordingly.
Don’t overdo it
Introverts get energy from alone time. Leave some time for yourself to unwind. Go outside for a walk, hit the gym, read a book, or do whatever you feel is necessary to refresh. If you take the time you need to relax, then you will be more likely to stretch the boundaries of your comfort zone.
Find your people
Introverts are often misunderstood and thought of as uninterested in making friends. This is not the case. You’ll be able to find another student (or two) that is interested in ordering pizza and watching Netflix. Ask your neighbors if they’re interested in spending time with you.
If you think being an introvert at Summer Discovery will be difficult, watch Susan Cain speak about her experience at summer camp. She’ll convince you that it’s OK to be quiet, soft-spoken, and even shy:
The power of introverts