5 Common Misconceptions That Introverts Battle Every Day

5 Common Misconceptions That Introverts Battle Every Day

How many do you believe?

Introverts are just like everyone else. But sometimes we're seen as weirdos or loners. Here are five of the most common misconceptions people tend to have about introverts:

1. We hate any kind of social interaction.

Contrary to popular belief, we actually enjoy socializing. We’re just extremely selective with those we decide to spend our time with.

We enjoy going out and doing things, but sometimes we prefer to stay in and do nothing. We may not go to all your event, we may decline more often than we accept, but don’t for a second believe that we don’t want to hang. Sometimes we just need a break from life. So please, invite your introvert friends, invite us, for the good of us all in this great country. Amen.

2. We secretly want to be extroverted.

Although extroversion has traditionally been the “default” personality type, many people have taken this to mean that introverts are an outlier, and not “normal.” In that regard, they think that introverts want to become extroverts when actually, we’re perfectly happy to be introverted. It’s who we are and we don’t want to change that

3. We’re bad at socializing.

I will talk for hours about my passions, and I can even make meaningless small talk, the main difference between me and an extrovert is that I need time alone to regenerate for these events, while extroverts get their energy from talking to people.

4. We shy away from leadership roles.

Leaders are not delegated only to extroverts. Think Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Spielberg, and Rosa Parks! All introverts who lead in their respective fields.

5. We’re all super nerdy.

Just because I do not want to go out and party every night, does not mean I am this huge nerd that is always studying. I’d much rather stay at home and watch 15 hours of television then do schoolwork.

The truth is, we like to go out, we like to have fun, it just takes more effort and energy for us to go out and do things. Sometimes it's just better for us to stay home and do nothing.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Take It From A Bid Day Dropout, A Sorority Isn't Required For A Memorable College Experience

You Don't Need To Be In A Sorority To Have A Memorable College Experience


My freshman year at Arizona State University, I lived in the dorms away from the main campus. Even though this bothered me, I still had no interest in joining Greek Life.

Although I did not go through Recruitment that year, I felt like I lived through it. Many of my friends received a bid from their dream houses and others were devastated with the outcome they received.

I did not understand why my friends reacted this way as Greek Life has never been of interest to me. This is something they did not understand especially since ASU is considered to be such a big "party" school.

Lady Bird was about my high school!Giphy

The reason Recruitment was never of interest to me was because I have always gone to smaller schools that modeled the same atmosphere as Greek life. From kindergarten eighth grade, I was in the same class with the same 30 students. I continued my education at an all-girls Catholic high-school also known as the high school Lady Bird is about.

There were under 200 girls in my class and we were a private college preparatory school. With this being said, you can imagine the cattiness and drama that comes with going to a school with only girls for four years. Not to mention wealth, boys, and education were all competitory subjects.

Once I started college, I didn't want anything to do with this sort of community. There was constantly the pressure from my friends to join as well, but I learned it was all for superficial reasons.

Lauren Hernandez

With the pressure, I felt like I was missing out on something, so my sophomore year I moved to the main campus and decided to give recruitment a try.

Throughout the process, I tried to convince myself I was loving it because that's what you're told to feel. In reality, I was far from loving it and was trying to please my friends.

Thinking back on it, I wasted so much time and money on outfits, spray tans, Ubers, and more. The sad part about that for me was getting all these services done that I would never usually do. I did it just to look "the right way" for recruitment.

Once bid day came, I realized I was not even excited about my outcome. I had two really good houses on my preference day, which is every girl's dream, but I still did not feel that connection. I decided to drop from the house that I got because I did not think I was very much like the girls nor did I have similar interests.

Lauren Hernandez

I personally believe I would have felt this way in any house because throughout the whole process I never talked about things I actually liked and was constantly stressed about the dues aspect of Greek life.

I stand by the decision I made because it would have only added stress to my school experience especially when it wasn't of importance to me. I would have also wasted a lot of money in the sorority dues.

If you live, breath, and die sorority life, I think it is something you will love, but if you are skeptical and only going through rush because your friends want you to, I would evaluate the pros and cons.

Just remember, just because you are not in Greek life doesn't mean you won't have a social life. I can guarantee you, you will be friends with people in Greek life and outside it, you will have a social life and go to many parties, and you'll probably end up going to a social!

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