Jasmine shares her story while she is a freshman in Organismal Biology.
What Jasmine Shares
I was pretty active in high school but college was intimidating. I had no idea what to expect and I was most worried that my shyness would prevent me from meeting new friends and getting involved. The last thing I wanted to feel was isolated and alone. I knew I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone to meet people but that is an exhausting undertaking for someone as timid as I am. There were moments where I wondered if I could keep pushing myself. But I did; I kept moving forward. I attended Week of Welcome and learned about a ton of ways to get involved. I tried a few other clubs but eventually I found Grupo Folklorica Mexica. By participating in this group, I found a community which has helped me push past the shyness that was holding me back and I've built my confidence and my belief in myself. With the support of this group, I continue to push myself every day to meet new people and build new connections in my classes and within my major. If you are worried about not connecting with others on campus, I strongly urge you get out there! Do anything that lets you meet other people. It may make you uncomfortable to be so social but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.