An Introvert's Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In College

An Introvert's Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In College

Never let 'em see you sweat.

Two years ago, I was on my way to embarking on the greatest adventure of my life: college. Although I was thrilled to be leaving home and starting my next chapter, I was also incredibly nervous. The idea of being in a place with all new faces scared the living daylights out of me, to be honest. I wanted to reinvent myself in college. I didn’t want to be known as the “sweet quiet girl” that I was in high school. So if you’re like me, and want to create a new and improved version of yourself when starting college, this is for you!

1. Join every club that you can and want to, but don’t go overboard.

When I first started school, I attempted to go to every club meeting on campus. This, as you might imagine, is impossible. The fact that my calendar was completely full with an event each night made me anxious. Only join the clubs that you have a genuine interest in, and that won’t overwhelm you. Helpful hint: if reading poetry bores you to sleep, don’t join poetry club.

2. Leave your door open when you’re in your room — let people come to you.

If you’re like me, and making friends is one of your biggest fears, not to worry! If you live on campus and prefer to stay in your room, just open your door. When you first start college, everyone is trying to make new friends, so you’re in luck.

3. Don’t stay in your room too much.

I know college can be overwhelming, trust me. But if you are always in your room, you are going to miss out on some events that only college has to offer, such as late night movies and Taco Bell runs. Yes, I know you can do this at home, but for some reason, it’s always better when you’re in a new place with new friends.

4. Try and start study groups with people in your classes.

If you’re struggling to make friends, and also want to excel in your classes, try this! You can do both at the same time. Bonus points if you ask the people in your classes to hang out with you outside of class and studying. Who knows, you may find a friend in doing this. I did!

5. If you need some time to yourself, don’t be afraid to take it!

If the idea of doing all of this makes you want to curl up into a ball and cry, I hear you. College is scary and making new friends all over again is terrifying. The only comfort in this for me was that everyone was in the same boat I was. We were all in a different environment, just trying to get by. So if you feel somewhat of a sensory overload, don’t hesitate to take a moment for yourself. I know that I like to relax and be quiet after a long day of socializing, and that’s OK. Just remember not to spend all your time in your room.

Being quiet was something that frightened me going to college. I definitely thought that I was going to be alone and friendless for four long years. I have some good news for my introverts out there…that didn’t happen! By joining some clubs and being as outgoing as I could be without totally freaking myself out, I have made some amazing friends and memories so far at school. And if you follow these steps, you will too!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Ladies, You Don't Have To Dress Up For Class

Whoever says you do is just mad that they spent two hours getting ready for a 50 minute class.


I couldn't help but notice a stream of articles saying women HAVE to 'dress up' for class. I'm here to say you don't. Why should you have to dress up for class when your schedule is filled to the brim with papers and extracurriculars and five classes that you need to study for. It is incredibly easy to throw on leggings, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Anyone who says that jeans are more comfortable than leggings are LYING to themselves. That also goes for heels vs. sneakers. If I'm going to be sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, I want to be comfortable. I don't want to be in jeans and necklaces and a gazillion annoying bracelets when I could be in shorts and a t-shirt.

Some girls really like dressing up for class, and that is great for them. But it's not great when women start hating on other women for looking comfortable in class. Give it up Becky, you're just mad that I spent 20 minutes getting ready and you spent 120. Chad from theta beta zeta phi is probably taking notes from the slides, not on which girls are dressing up.

Some people will say that dressing up for class prepares you for the 'real world.' This is the real world. College is the real world. I'll look nice for my future job when I get to my future job. Wearing t-shirts and leggings a couple days a week while I'm in college has ZERO effect on my future job. Listening in class does. And guess what, I can't listen if I'm tired because I spent 4 1/2 hours getting ready!!! (Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but come on people.)

I'll wear what I want to wear. You can wear whatever you want to wear. I'll compliment your shirt, you'll compliment my sneakers, and we will both continue on happily doing our own thing.

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