Socially, college is much different that high school.
For starters, there’s really no more petty drama. People generally don’t care about other people’s business. For the most part, the cliques have disbanded. You see people from all walks of life coming together, and it’s a beautiful thing.
If something embarrassing happens to you, the whole world won’t know about it. Remember, you’re going to a school with thousands of people in it, most of which you will never meet. Finally, you’re not held up to any expectations once you get to college; you can be whoever you want to be.
I don’t know what happens in that summer between high school and college, but most people make a change. Maybe it’s out of fear of looking like total idiots in front of the upperclassmen, but it’s a good change for sure.
In my own experience, I was THE quietest person you would ever meet. In high school, everyone knew me as that girl and looked over me for it. I don’t know what happened to me, but once I got to college, I totally opened up; I didn’t feel the pressure to live up to the reputation that had been placed in stone for me before; I got to reinvent myself.
With that being said, I encourage you to be yourself! You will find people who match your personality; plus, you wouldn’t want to hang with a group that make you feel uncomfortable and that do not understand you at all because you put on a face that was completely not you.
College is going to make you grow. I’m at the beginning of that journey, but I can already see changes in my actions, in my responses to certain things, and how I think. I think I own most of the change to the great friends I have found, however, none of it would have happen if I had not opened myself up and showed my true self.
I challenge you to open yourself up; open your dorm room door, say hi to people, be friendly, and most of all, do not compromise who you are to fit others’ needs. The friends you need will be attracted to you because you are simply you!