Every college campus is different. Small schools are different from big schools. Private institutions are different from public institutions. Yet, no matter where you attend college, one thing remains the same—this educational and social experience is not easy.
As students, we undergo a ton of stress within these first four years. A lot can happen to us in that amount of time. We might lose friends or family members, we might end relationships, we might begin relationships, we might not pass classes, we might have to switch our majors, we might experience changes in physical or mental health, or we might get homesick. We can never fully prepare ourselves for what challenges we may face.
The phrase “power of a small college” has never been more accurate.
For being such a diverse campus, we sure do share a lot of the same experiences. Our educational institution is unique, and there are just some things only Linfield students will understand. Relatable, funny, or whatever it may be, you know you go to Linfield if you find any of these to be true:
If you are trying to adjust to college but are also an introvert, you have a complicated combination. Now is the time to break your boundaries and get involved!
I was shy my freshman year of high school. I wasn’t involved in any sports or clubs, and I kept to all the same friends that I had comfortably grown up with. What my 14-year-old self could not have predicted was that I would make so many more friends from different schools, or that I would get involved with more clubs than I could sometimes handle come senior year. My freshman year of college was different. It didn’t take me four years to break out of my shell. I immediately got involved by making an effort to get to know people and interact with the faculty. Maybe I had an advantage being at a small college, but it was still mind over matter. It is not the easiest task for an introvert to complete, but these tips will give you a head start to escape your comfort zone and grow socially and academically. It all begins with freshman year.