Leave Me Alone - 5 Top Tips for Introverted Students to Make the Most of Their Time at Secondary School
Many students who are left behind in the educational systems have the same ‘problem’ that very few understand: they are INTROVERTED.
Are you one of these students? Well, then (secondary) school generally is not a great experience for you because of how you are perceived by teachers and your classmates. On the surface, you seem to be outsiders, you seem to be uninterested in lessons, you seem to be uninvolved in the activities of the school community, you seem to avoid opportunities for socializing and you keep yourself to yourself.
If you are introverted and you want to have a more fulfilling experience at school, try these 5 things that might change things for you:
Tip #1: Find out more about what it means to be introverted. There are some great blogs and articles about this topic.
Here is a selection of resources that might help you to understand yourself better:
Tip #2: Be proud and don’t worry about what others think!
Feel good about the way you are. Just because the majority of people are extroverts and generally will not get you, does not mean that you have to feel bad about yourself. If you are not treated the way you want to, if you feel misunderstood, then always keep in mind that most extroverted people do not know much about introverts and how you feel.
Tip #3: Find opportunities to relax and be alone.
Find a quiet place during break time or lunch where you can relax. If you have the choice, bring a packed lunch instead of eating lunch in the crowded dining hall with all this noise and people. Go to the library during break or lunch time or any other quiet area that you have at the school.
Tip #4: Try to get more involved in the school life
Although this might seem very difficult for you, try to get more involved. Clubs and activities are a great idea because this will help you to 'socialize' with others without feeling too much out of your comfort zone. Do you like sports? Then join a sports club. Do you like acting? Join the drama club. Singing? School choir. Drawing or painting? You know what to do. Or try to become a buddy or join the school council. It might seem counterintuitive and you might need time to get used to the feeling but this step will change how others view you as a person. They will see that there is more to you than meets the eye. Don’t be afraid to show who you really are.
Tip #5: Be open about being an introvert and connect with other introverts.
You can do this in any form you like, be creative and confident. Try to get your (introverted) teachers involved. They generally are the teachers who seem to understand and get you. Join their clubs or the activities they offer and engage with them. If you feel very courageous, try to connect with other introverted students. Form a club or society at your school with the goal to increase awareness. Build a community so that you can support each other, be courageous and put yourself out there.