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My name is Alyssa. I'm in second year, and I'm from Tweed, Ontario. Coming from a small town where I had known everyone pretty much since we were three and four years old, I was kind of hoping that I wouldn't have to force myself to make friends, and because I would be living in south residence with 1,800 people, I was expecting it to be easy to make friends and it to come kind of naturally without me having to really do anything. Instead, on the second or third night living in residence, I kind of realized that I hadn't made many real legitimate connections with the people I had been living with, so it didn't come as naturally as I had thought. I had made about one close connection at that point, but she had a lot of other friends and I didn't want to feel like I was becoming too clingy with her or anything, so I started to isolate myself, which made the situation even worse. I did end up building off of that one connection that I made. She kind of brought me out of my room and out of isolation, and brought me to meetings such as inter-hall council and introduced me to a lot of other people who lived in south, and I ended up bringing her along to the student mental wellbeing committee in residence and started to make some connections that way. The one connection that I had really helped me start to build my confidence and branch out a little bit. I began to talk to people in my lectures, in my dance classes, and I really began to find people who I had similarities with and who I could really connect to. Putting myself out there was something that was really hard for me, but university is a great place to build that social confidence, and I'm still doing so to this day. I didn't make any really close friends in my lectures until the beginning of this year, in my second year, so it's definitely still something I'm trying to expand on now. It is going to be okay. You will make those friends. There are people who like things that you like and who have the same values as you, but it just takes time. It may be frustrating and very difficult at first when you don't feel like you have those people to talk to on a regular basis, but they will come and if you are willing to put yourself out there and you're willing to talk to people who you might not normally talk to, you'll be surprised how many new connections you can make. It's okay to not be friends with everyone. It's okay that you won't connect with everyone right away because eventually you will find those people who are your people.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 4 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: vutsupmedia on Jun 12, 2020


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