My mom always told me that, as a child, I was extremely talkative and outgoing, sometimes even to the point that it was already kind of annoying.
From late grade school to early high school though, I went through this awkward phase wherein I was extremely shy and quiet, talkative only to my closest friends and family. People eventually came to know me as that kind of person – myself included – when, in reality, inside, I was still the girl I was when I was a little kid.
Even when I started to grow out of that phase, I was having trouble showing that to the people around me, since they were already under the impression that I was just this shy, quiet girl.
As I write, I’m right smack in the middle of my second week in university, and I’m actually finding myself shocked with the little kid in me that is finally making herself known.
I never really stopped being talkative, but it used to take me so long to become comfortable enough with a person to actually show that side of me.
To 99% of people, I was just this quiet girl in the background that preferred to just keep to herself.
I don’t know about other peoples’ impressions of me, but I think that, generally, I’m just finding it a lot easier now to be talkative with a lot more people.
I was kind of worried that I wouldn’t find any close friends. That was actually one of my biggest concerns going into college, because I never really considered myself to be much of a “people person”.
During orientation, I remembered seeing this close group of girls, and immediately dismissed them from my mind as possible close friends. It wasn’t because of anything bad, but because they were so talkative and friendly that I thought that I couldn’t possibly be one of them. In my head, I was still one of the quiet girls, so I probably had to look for a quiet girl to be friends with.
Now, those same people are my best friends in my block. It made me realize that I probably underestimate how talkative and friendly I really am.
In my university, freshmen are sorted out into blocks at the beginning of their college life. People in the same block have pretty much all the exact same classes all the time.
I’m honestly really enjoying university life, and I think that has a lot to do with my blockmates. Even though they all make fun of me for speaking English all the time (since they all speak in Filipino) and are always really, really noisy, that’s kind of what makes them awesome. We’re like a family already – one of those really loud families that teases each other all the time and make lots of (sometimes really corny) jokes. Even though we’ve only been in college for a short while, I already know that we’re going to be friends for life.
I hate how cheesy the end of my post sounds, but it’s true. I honestly can’t think of a better group of people to start my college life with.
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