Monday, January 14, 2013

Making new friends....

Yes.  Yes, I know.  It's been since the 9th that I posted.

I do have good excuse(s):

- I am finishing up application for two of my scholarships.

- I finished my essay on Pride and Prejudice

- I started my new job transfer to another bank branch today

- I attended my first law class

- I worked a trivia night

- I went to the gym and did a stinkin' cardio workout and now it hurts to bend down or walk up stairs.  Stop laughing.

-  I am dying of nervousness.


Let's expand on last excuse, shall we?   This weekend, my church's bulletin had an announcement for current college students and seniors planning on attending our local college.   They are having an open house / Mass at the Catholic College Campus Center.  Well, I am  senior in high school and am planning on going to that college, so I defiantly fit the bill.

What is the issue then?  Me.  The home schooled introvert who doesn't think she does will with new people - especially people she has never met and will probably be spending some time with over the next four years. My ideal day would be this:




Ok, not really this bad, but you get the point.  So I am feeling a bit better beings that the first event of the night is Mass, which I can participate without feeling completely awkward.  Unless I start responding with the old Mass responses.

Then, after Mass, the center is hosting a minute to win it game show activity.  This is also ok, since our youth group has played these games before (see Mady's blog). 

So then what is the issue?  I am nervous because I don't know how to make friends.  You may laugh,but I am serious.  The friends that I have now are youth group friends.  I was never the new kid.  And I've watched new kids after new kids come into our group and it is awkward.  I hate being the awkward person with no one to talk to, so this might be interesting. 

So, if you are thinking about me this Sunday, send up a prayer for the least-awkward situations to occur.  And if you have any tips on how to not come across as an un-socialized homeschooler, let me know. 

God bless you all!

Chloe M. 

4 comments:

  1. Hey,
    Coming from a un-socialized homeschooler who has the same problem... :)
    There's usually those people sitting in the corner by themselves who feel out of place just like me. Those are the people that I talk with. And when you meet people, just try (this is the hardest part for me) to treat them like you would a sibling (granted, don't yell "GET YOUR ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE, THIS IS NOT A HORSES' STABLE, BUT A FINE DINING TABLE." like we do in this house.). You know, goof off and make jokes. :) Have fun, and I'll pray for you.
    Patron saint of nervousness: St. Vitus and St. Dymphna.
    God bless, Ria.

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  2. Ria,

    Thanks so much for the comment. I think I'll definatly take your advice and talk to the kids who look as out of place as I feel : P
    Thanks for the advice! (And the prayers!)

    God bless,

    Chloe M.

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  3. I am shy in such a way as well but have overcome it to an extent. The best conversation starter, a greeting. Just say Hello and maybe tell them your name and ask them theirs. Ask what their major might be or where they are from. That is the best way to get a good friendly conversation started that can lead to friendship. And like the other poster said, talk to those who are by themselves, they are probably in the same boat that you are.

    God Bless.

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! It is good to know I'm not the only one who goes through this. I'll definatly take your advice to heart - thank you for the help!

      God Bless,

      Chloe M.

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