What if you are shy? How do you get involved at college?
I think overcoming an aversion to interact with people you don't know comes down to practicing. Have the discipline to push yourself outside of your comfort zone each day. Challenge yourself to start a conversation with a stranger each day. It doesn't have to be anything ground breaking - make small talk with the person next to you in line for coffee or checking out a book in the library. Smile at a stranger you pass walking to class. Strive to make small, incremental changes each day, and I think you will surprise yourself at how much easier interacting with people you don't know gets.
You will get out of your college experience what you put into it. Staying in your room all of the time is not a recipe for success. Many of your peers feel the same way you do right now. A great way to meet new people is to find and join organizations you are interested in. Get involved, meet new people, make mistakes! You will feel uncomfortable at first and the first months may be very difficult but I promise you that the juice will be worth the squeeze in the end.
I hope this helps - don't hesitate to reach out. Good luck!
If you are more introverted, I think the best way to approach getting involved in college is by starting small. Start with dorming with a roommate. If your college has interest specific floors/dorms, think about choosing that so you're surrounded by others who have something in common with you. From there, think about joining a club/group/sport that you're interested in. It's always easier meeting others when you have something to bond over. From my experience, a lot of campus organizations are always open to new members. Once you create a connection with one person, it'll get easier making connections with more people. You've got this!
As an introvert myself, I have had the same struggles my whole life. Some tips and tricks I picked up along the way that may help:
1. Find topics you're passionate about, learn about them, and join relevant interest groups. For me, it was volunteering. The passion on the topic, from my experience, will help alleviate the shyness
2. Set realistic and small steps goals. I still struggle to want to talk to people during a networking events. I set a goal for myself to talk to at least 1 person. It is not too ambitious and it often gets me in a groove to talk to more.
Good luck! Hope this helps!