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What are some advice for an introvert to get involved in college?


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Patrick’s Answer

I am also an introvert and let me first say there is nothing wrong with this personality type. There is a lot of balance provided to the world by introverts. Life has provided numerous situations and opportunities where I could not maintain my natural position of comfort as an analytic thinker, observer, with an overall reserved demeanor.
I feel that you have get uncomfortable and challenge yourself. Take on challenges that you would not normally entertain.

-Join organizations that interest you, volunteer and even take the lead when you can
-Speak up; comment and ask questions to show your engagement, understanding, and interest
-In group settings, the individual that is out front or speaks for the group when necessary or when no one wants to, always shines and garners respect

The idea is not to try to make yourself an extrovert but instead learn skills to make you flexible enough to succeed in any situation. You only get there by putting yourself out there. Trust me, you will learn a great deal about yourself and the confidence gained will allow you to evolve more. Good luck!

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Ken’s Answer

A good way is to early on become focused with a career objective and seek out and develop relationships with people who share common career objectives. Below is some insight that I have developed during may many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
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Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
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It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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These sites also will help you: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-introverts-guide-to-networking ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-job-search-strategy-thatll-make-you-15-times-more-likely-to-be-hired ##
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venkataramana’s Answer

Please try to find like minded people. We introverts like to mingle with people of our kind.
So try to find some of them , open up with them,Slowly expand your group and you will be able to easily cope
up with your college life. Try joining smaller groups involved in various College activities(whichever interests you),
start contributing and you will feel more comfortable and at ease.
Please enjoy your college days with as many friends you can make,these memories would be cherished throughout your life!

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Idikula’s Answer

Attend small gatherings and group activities. Try out things with the team and once you do activities and take leadership on things, you will start realizing how we are made for certain things and the abilities we have.
Slowly expand , lead groups, expand and pass down /share with more people and keep busy getting involved moderately across areas and intensely in the area you are most excited about. Try to do new things if you get an idea. You never know how ground breaking your presence has been to the community until time goes by. It will be full of exciting memories, learning and discoveries. So dive in :)

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