(Original post by SepticArt)
Please listen really carefully to what I'm going to tell you because I was in your exact same situation when I was about to join uni. Normally I tell people not to change who they are but if it's causing you all this upset then this is what I strongly recommend.
Be someone you're not. Nobody at uni knows who you are so they will never know you have changed. Start developing your new image as of tomorrow. You need people to do this so if you're still at college just start changing. **** it you won't ever see them people again anyway.
I went to college and I changed my dress sense, I pretended to be bisexual which instantly put some close minded people off me but the girls took to me, they found me interesting and wanted to get to know me. I got my tongue pierced, I started adding random people on Facebook who do like for likes, if people think you're popular they will naturally take to you.
I changed the way I dressed a little bit... I went from chavy clothes to more designer labels, ripped jeans and changed my footwear. I was even going to dye my hair black but my blonde eyebrows would of conflicted lol.
I also made myself appear really really smart, now it's a bit of a challenge because being at uni they expect me to get awesome grades so I'm constantly learning which to be honest is a good thing. I always take 15mins a day to learn something about someone else’s subject so little by little I build a knowledge relationship with those people.
I was really shy to go out to clubs but one day 2 girls asked me if I wanted to come out one Friday night and I just said yes without thinking twice about anything. I had the most amazing time and even though I know I was dancing like a **** I was drunk and so was everyone else so nobody gives a ****.
Now onto uni. Once you arrive at uni, your Facebook will be set to go, you already have people who like stuff you post and it really seems silly but trust me Facebook is a huge tool. Add random people as family members too to give the impression you have super closer friends.
Practice being this new person everyday while at college or even just walking down the street. By the time you get to uni you will be set to go and trust me it's really really simple to make friends at uni.
I always pretend to come across as a really motivated person, I'll always talk about success and moving forward in life. People admire this and being around a positive person makes you positive. People like that.
So now I have created this entire fake person that as far as everyone knows is the original me, I have friends, people talk to me when they have problems, I go out and get drunk and I love uni life.
I'm so used to being this person now that from the moment I wake up I just start acting like this made up person I don't even need to think about it.
At first this may seem completely insane but the reality of it is, I'm living the life of the person I secretly wish I was. Good luck and I hope you have an amazing time at uni because it will be the best experience of your life