Regardless if you are a freshman or transfer student, as I was last year, you may find yourself overwhelmed by your new environment. No matter your personality, a new place with thousands of new people can be anxiety inducing, especially if you are a highly introverted individual like myself. However, even us introverts can come to enjoy campus life and its craziness.
First, a quick note. This is written by someone whose introversion and social anxiety go hand in hand. Maybe that’s not the case for you, but you may notice this article leans toward helping those of us with both.
Secondly, I’m not saying that everyone will be anxious about campus life. In fact, if you’re not, you’re one of the lucky ones!
Lastly, if you’re feeling embarrassed about being nervous, just remember this: we’re all human and many people around you are feeling the exact same way, trust me.
Below is a list of places, along with a few general tips on how to avoid crowds on campus:
Stone Chairs: next to Whitlock, closest to Lancaster Ave, is a small, quiet space with several kinds of trees, including pines and hollies. There are also a few stone benches there that are hardly ever in use. I believe this area has fallen victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” thought. It is an awesome place if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax.
Go Higher: It never fails the higher you go in the buildings around campus, the less people you find. The upper floors of the library are much quieter than the lower, and are the best places to study according to many students.
Eat Off Schedule: At noon and from 5 to 6 p.m., Case dining is hopping. If you don’t feel like waiting in line or eating in a cafeteria bursting with people, try to eat at off times when others aren’t. Eat a late lunch or dinner instead.
Early Riser: if you want to work out at the gym but hate the crowds, the best time to go is when the
gym opens in the morning. The Rec Center opens Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., and if you prefer equipment all to yourself that is the best time to go.
Although you may be nervous about your new
environment, know that no matter what you can always find a place to breathe on campus. Be open minded about new places and new people. Despite your doubts, try to go out of your comfort zone and hang out with new people at events.
Although we hear it all the time, it’s true, going out of your comfort zone and participating in campus life can give you your best college memories. However, don’t feel obligated to always participate, there’s nothing wrong with deciding to enjoy some quiet time instead.
For more tips and places to go on campus for quiet space, visit www.easternprogress.com.