Rebekah is an English literature and Drama graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University with an unrelenting passion for the written art form. She’s an avid writer, mother, and weight lifting enthusiast who tries to bring wit and comedy to all aspects of life; albeit not always successfully.
As a self-confessed introvert I know that feeling all too well. The moment you realise you’re actually going to have to talk to strangers in order to get by. There is nothing more daunting than going off to college and having to face this every single day for a little while. But trust me, you can get past it and successfully become the extrovert you’ve always wanted to be. Well, to a certain extent.
As they say, fake it till you make it, and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to mastering the art of meeting new people.
Smile and say hello.
It’s not rocket science but people don’t do this anymore. How often do you walk along the street and are greeted by every stranger? I’m guessing not very often, to almost never. This strategy isn’t about striking up conversations with every person you see, as you’d never get anywhere and probably end up being late for class. But it is about developing a new habit. Engaging in this consistently will change your brain to approach new interactions with strangers with positivity. It’s a step towards being able to confidently strike up conversations with new people in a positive way.
Arms up, chest out.
Stand tall, shoulders back, chest out. Raise your arms high above your head and close your eyes. Take ten deep breaths.
That’s it. Testosterone boosted. Confidence increased.
We often feel a certain way due to our actions. By striking your power pose you will be acting the way you want to feel. Making these new habits will set you up for success when it comes to meeting all the new faces throughout your first steps in college life.