I start uni in two weeks time and I am VERY socially awkward. I’ll be staying at home and just a quick note: I will not be drinking, partying etc. But aside from that I am open to trying new things.
I just generally have a feeling of dread/ anxiety when I am in new social situations. Any advice on how I can overcome this and make friends during freshers.
I would describe myself as shy but I’ve still been able to make friends in most places I’ve gone to. It’s just freshers that I’m absolutely dreading because the whole point is to make friends and socialise, which I am obviously not the best at.
Thanks in advance
I would say that the best friends you'll meet at uni won't be the the ones you meet during Freshers, so don't panic too much if you don't make hundreds of friends. Seeing as you're living at home it'll be difficult, but talk to people on your course and join societies that you'll have shared interests with others in. If you put yourself out there you'll be fine. I've just finished university and none of the people I would consider my friends did I meet during Freshers.
Perhaps look into what societies your uni has currently got and see if any interest you. A way to meet like minded people whilst doing something you enjoy (or want to try but have never been able to before!) I know my uni has all sorts of societies from sports to simple things like film clubs and tea drinking societies so there would be something for everyone. It may also help to be open to talking to people on your course, and being the one to initiate this. Just saying hello and small talk with people you sit next to in lectures/seminars may lead to new friends.