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isolating - August 30th 2010, 03:23 AM

so i just got to college about a week ago. i've been noticing that i've been having problems with isolating. it's prob cuz i'm depressed and have self-esteem issues. but i just need to make myself get out of my room, or even talk to people.

any advice on how i can force myself to do this?
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Re: isolating - August 30th 2010, 03:51 AM

Do you have any interests? See if there are any clubs on campus pertaining to things you're interested in (i.e. an Anime club, Art club, etc.) on the bulletin boards (Yes, all colleges have these!), and join. Finding people with similar interests to you may help you meet new people and open up.

I was very isolated my first week of college, only solace I found was asking people for smokes when I was out, and they'd strike up a conversation. That was an interest, though the wrong one to encourage.

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Re: isolating - August 30th 2010, 04:09 AM

maybe just go for a walk and look around, and if the opportunity comes up, start a conversation with someone. or even maybe just a quick hello/goodbye.
or if you know someone, get them to introduce you to some other people.
don't be afraid to just get out and talk to people. they don't know you yet and they haven't judged you.
break out of your shell and show these people a different side of you.

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Re: isolating - August 30th 2010, 05:28 AM

I agree with the previous posters about striking up conversations and looking up interests on bulletin boards.

Additionally, your university is likely to host events for socializing during the first week or two of classes. Attend those, that can be a great way to meet people. Also, one really easy thing you could do to meet more people is to leave you dorm room door open during normal hours. I've found that people who do that tend to get more random/festive visitors.

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Re: isolating - August 30th 2010, 11:16 AM

The beginning week or two has many events especially for freshmen. There are numerous clubs, sports and many random people all out and about who are still excited and don't have much work to do. It can be as simple as seeing what clubs are around that you like to sitting next to someone at a lunch table. If you're on residence, there are always gathering areas within it, such as at around the main cooking or TV areas where you can go to.

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Re: isolating - September 3rd 2010, 04:34 AM

thank you guys. i'm gonna try to do all of those things. i did just get involved with chorus, and that's helping me meet people. i'll just keep trying!
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