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Quiet - November 10th 2010, 08:35 PM

I am so quiet. I am much more comfortable when I talk to people I know well, and for those who I do not know I will not approach to them, so I don't make many friends. Sometimes I feel at peace with myself, when i'm alone in my room, but when i'm outside i'm sooo quiet.

Now i'm studying abroad, being quiet in my own country is not that bad when you are in class and just follow what the teacher is talking about. Here teachers expect you to participate, to be actively asking and answering questions. Being a foreign student, I sometimes cannot speak as fast as the natives, plus being quiet makes it all worse. I just don't feel confident to ask or answer, and in my report teachers always say that I am reticent. I just do not know what to do, I feel angry and uncomfortable being myself right now


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Re: Quiet - November 11th 2010, 04:55 AM

Have you tried approaching other students, native or also foreign students outside of class just to talk to them about anything, such as how they like the school? Many students are willing to help foreign students not only because they see they're struggling with the language but they're often interested in their country and culture. Unfortunately, this requires you to show others you're approachable because if you're quiet and reclusive, unless you're going to talk with other quiet and reclusive people, it'll be difficult. It can be as simple as asking someone how they did on a test, quiz or project, or if they understand a certain concept.


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