One problem that I have faced personally was that I was a bit of an introvert. It was a significant problem for me considering I was not entirely confident in social situations. This all began to change through events that transpired during my freshman year. My family moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, where I attended Bentonville High School for the majority of ninth grade. In an instant, I had transferred from a school with a class size of 250 students to a school that was six times larger, consisting of 1500 freshmen. This was a tremendous transition for me. I was required to leave my friends and classmates that I had known for the previous seven years in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Soon I realized that I needed to overcome my introversion …show more content…
Through these two sports, I met many athletes that shared common interests with me. I had played basketball and lacrosse for several years and felt comfortable with my skills. Having assurance in my athletic ability allowed me to relax and be myself. I was slowly adapting to a new team and making friends more quickly. Another step I took to improve my social confidence was by attending study sessions with fellow classmates where I met additional people. As I became acquainted with my fellow classmates, I felt more secure with myself. I even took the lead on group projects which turned out to be a rewarding experience. I learned that I needed to come out of my shell in order to make Bentonville my new home. Ultimately, I gained even more confidence in myself and ended up having a successful year, both academically and socially. This has been a significant change for me that helped me to improve my social skills at school and at work. For example, while giving a presentation in front of others, I realized that the social skills I acquired during my freshman year allow me to deliver a clear message without being as nervous. I am also more confident at work, whether assisting customers or working with fellow employees. In conclusion, moving to a large school my freshman year motivated me to overcome my introversion and helped me to be more outgoing, which turned out to be more worthwhile than I could have
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I had no idea what was ahead of me; something I had never really felt before. I was immediately placed in an overwhelming situation of having to meet new people and be as outgoing as possible. Being from a small town, this was way
Throughout my childhood I have had trouble with speaking in front of a large group of people. Whether that is in a classroom or ordering dinner at a large restaurant. I have an anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism or SM. Back when I was in elementary and middle school this was a lot worse than what it is now. Throughout my elementary years the SM was much more prominent than what it is now.
I wanted to start off small and then slowly ease myself into more and more groups and potential employment positions without having to overwhelm myself right away. By doing this, it's really helped me to time manage and balance out my time spent with school, work, hobbies, and my social life. My current job at Oakton has also really helped me improve my social skills. It has taught me how to provide a welcoming work space, and it has taught me to make myself much more approachable. As someone who was a very quiet and in a sense, socially inept person, it's taught me to be more open and welcoming and it's really impacted my life outside of school.
When i first started high school i was very shy and timid. I came from a small private school with a graduating class of ten kids and I had to make the switch to a large public school with a class of three hundred and fifty kids. I didn 't know anybody coming into a high school and it was really hard for me to make friends. I would never ask questions in class even if i really needed help. My freshman and sophomore year were the hardest years for me academically and socially.
Throughout my life, in moving around from state to state, I 've come to the realization that it has negatively impacted my social life more than I would have assumed. Moving around continuously while still in grade school, promisingly makes it suck to have no choice but to be the new kid every year. Going from school to school has gradually made me socially awkward/picky in making friends because, I become hesitant in making friendships that just may only last for a year rather than it be long-lasting. Consequently, I’ve always thought to myself that I would never gain a lifelong friend that I’d grow to visit often and have a great relationship with after graduating. Though I thought that way often, in my junior year of high school, I seemed
The way I’ve changed in high school wasn’t really a major change. I did change my academic and I made new friends. When I was in middle school my grades weren’t really that pretty, but now my grades I’ve been really good and getting better each day. At first I thought my grades were going to be like middle school; in high school it’s a different story the teachers go the extra mile to help their students pass.
A time where I have faced with a challenge was the beginning of my freshman year at Gahr high school. Going to a school in which I really did not want to go to, I was faced with challenge of not having old friends to be able to socialize with. For the first few weeks of school I had almost socially limited myself to other people. Not budging to make new friends at a school in which the number of koreans and even asians are low I was always alone to only one or two of my golf friends. As a person in which socializing face to face with a person as important I started to slowly sought after ways to make new friends.
When I first discovered I was going to have to move I was extremely reluctant about leaving and even more nervous. When I eventually accepted that I would have to move we packed everything up and moved to Broken Arrow. During the move I found out I wasn't the only one that was nervous. Basically my entire family felt the same as I did which made me feel a lot better. Once we finally arrived and unpacked all of our things I had to do what I had been fearing the most about moving, going to a new school.
The food here changed my life for the better. Another way I changed when I entered middle school is who I talked to. The people I talked to changed because I used to be quiet and kinda kept to myself, but now, I talk to everyone I go to Texarkana with my friends all the time. All in all i 'm more social thanks to middle school.
It was the first time I had to overcome an obstacle like this and also it was very hard because of the timing of the move being right before the start of my junior year in high school. This experience was very beneficial for me as a person because it helped me relate to how others that may not have as many friends or are put into a new situation feel when they are forced out of their comfort zone. The mindset I went into this situation was that it was an opportunity for me to change into anyone I wanted to be and that was exciting for me. It helped me to improve my social skills in my new school in order to make all new friends and I know that these same skills will help me in the future for a job or going off to college where I will encounter the same obstacles as I was faced with when I moved to
Many did not remember to text or call me, I was forgotten by most and it hurt me because all this time trying to fit in with them has gone to waste; I now had to start all over and create my journey once more. The most challenging part was saying goodbye to the people I grew up with. I lived in Victorville for over 10 years,
I live in Canada now. Moving here was a drastic change in my life as I realized later in the years, but I believe it has been a positive change even though I have had ups and downs. I have seen myself grow as a person in confidence, intellectually and by making new friends. As a child, I was extremely shy and reserved. I never talked to anyone in school and not that much at home either.
I wasn’t afraid to tell people what my opinion was about them or their ideas. I wasn’t afraid to find common interests with new friends and share my experience stories with them. More importantly, to me at least, I wasn’t afraid to talk about: my depression, my anxiety or even my bipolar and the feelings of ups and downs that those ‘illnesses’ had put the emotions and mental state I have through. “Everything changes when you arrive at HIgh School,” and, “it’ll be the best years of your life,” I’ve even heard, “you’re going to miss being in school.” I will tell you that while I will miss the three friends I have here in High School, I’m never going to miss the resentment and self hatred that followed my soul all through the first semester of Freshman year that I’m still working through.
I had to become more social; meaning not staying in my dorm because I didn’t want to go out, or speaking up in class and trying to make new friends in the classes I did have, joining clubs, and just being involved in all aspects. I had to be more open to try new things; food-wise, trying to make friends with people of completely different backgrounds/cultures, had to try new ways of studying to make sure that I got the grade that I wanted in certain classes, and I had to be open to the kind of critique that I would be attaining on college level
This makes me more laid back and sociable than I was in my younger grades. I believe that these results would be much more different if I were younger. I was very much an introvert when I was growing up. I was shy and liked to keep to myself. As I got older I came out of my shell more and now I can appreciate hanging out with friends in a social setting, while still appreciating the benefits that solitude bring