Category: Life as a Socially Anxious College Student


Life of a Socially Anxious College Student (1)

Life of a Socially Anxious College Student (1)

I’ve been going back and forth as to whether or not I wanted to post something like this on my blog and after long nights of thinking about it, I figured, why not? What do I have to lose? I can be judged–sure. But I face judgement every day in real life, so what does it matter if I face it online too? And if you’re one of those people who don’t want to hear me talk about my personal problems, then you are free to unsubscribe or not open this post. That choice is yours, and I’ve made mine. Over the last few months I’ve been drudging my way through my first semester at Princeton University. It has not been fun–it has been overwhelming, sad, lonely, and stressful. I’ve cried myself to sleep many times this semester. I’ve spent countless hours alone in my room while everyone else was out hanging with friends. I’ve eaten practically all of my meals alone. I’ve gone days without talking to anyone but my family. I’ve been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder. I’m what you could call “shy” or an “introvert” but it’s much more than that. I fear being judged. If I hear people laughing, I automatically assume that they are laughing at me, even if I know that its irrational. And this fear, the fear of talking to people because they […]