Most students will meet someone during their life who experiences some sort of social anxiety when it comes to talking to others…
People are familiar with that feeling in the pit of their stomach when they are pushed out of their comfort zone but, when you have social anxiety, these feelings are an everyday occurrence. Social anxiety could be due to a job interview, a date, a presentation or everyday tasks like talking to new people and that’s fine!
When I was at school, I suffered with social anxiety and it’s more than just being shy. It’s an irrational fear of talking to people, a paranoia that everyone is talking about or laughing at you.
When I made the decision to apply for University, I was still affected by my anxiety heavily at this age, but I felt I’d improved and yes, I was leaving my comfort zone but I thought I could cope. I know that there are many people out there with Social Anxiety Disorder, and that’s why I’d love to help people make a change like I did.
Certain situations at university that will make you feel very nervous but hopefully, these tips will help you out:
My university (University of Derby) is really helpful and does go out of its way to support students, so if you’re struggling with your mental health, please get in touch with student support services at your university.
Oh, and good luck!