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Socializing in College: A Guide From a Former Introvert

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bucknell chapter.

As we enter the season for college decisions, I can’t help but look back at my time entering Bucknell last summer. Of course, there was so much to look forward to, but in reality, there was also a lot that I was worried about. I remember being particularly nervous about college independence. There was no one else from my area that had gone to Bucknell… and not knowing a single soul terrified me: What if I couldn’t make any friends there? Would I even enjoy college, or was I too shy to fit in? 

Back in high school, I was extremely introverted. I was always much more comfortable at home doing schoolwork, reading, writing, or drawing rather than socializing. But the truth is – I hated it. I always wanted to be the type of person who always had plans with friends, who could talk to anyone about anything. However, no matter how hard I tried to become more extroverted, I continued to fall back into the trap of my past habits. Fortunately for me, starting college is the perfect time to branch out. It’s the best time to start fresh and become the best version of yourself. If you’re looking for some ways to start, here are a few tips I’ve learned that have helped me make the most of my Bucknell experience so far:

Utilize Social Media

Once committing to college, it’s extremely helpful to meet fellow Bucknellians before even stepping foot on campus. One of the best ways to get in touch with others is to utilize social media: Technology can be our generation’s greatest tool for meeting new people! Follow your class’ Instagram account and join different social groups. Talk to fellow students who have similar interests, mutual friends, or live near you. By taking advantage of this during the summer before move-in, walking around campus feels much more comfortable, and it’s comforting to run into familiar faces during orientation.

Don’t be Afraid to Say Hi!

Once on campus and settled in, say hello to people! If you’re not used to making small talk, don’t be afraid to try. From my experience, everyone on campus is usually willing to make new friends, build new relationships, and talk about their own experiences. When meeting new people, start by asking them about their interests, intended major, where they’re from, or just about anything else! It may seem repetitive or daunting, but it’s great practice for those who are normally less social.

Get Involved

One of the best parts of Bucknell is that there are so many different ways to stay busy. There are tons of opportunities to join clubs that spark your interest, apply for a part-time job, or attend social events on campus. By getting involved and putting yourself out there, it’s inevitable to grow relationships with peers, whether you’re new to Bucknell or just looking for a way to meet new people!

Looking back on my first year of college thus far, I’ve realized how many opportunities independence can provide. Although going away to college and living on my own was extremely daunting at first, I’ve realized how confident I’ve become and how many new friends I have made over the past year. I give Bucknell so much credit for helping me grow as a person, as I know my nervous, high-school self would be proud and relieved to know how far I’ve come.

Emma Yorke

Bucknell '26

Emma is a sophomore student at Bucknell studying marketing and business analytics. She's a proud New Jersey native who loves chai lattes, making new friends, watching Gossip Girl, and listening to Taylor Swift!