Viki, you are doing great. Believe it or not, I used to be very quiet and shy — sometimes these are things you grow out of, at least in part :). In some ways, I still am, but I force myself out of it for the reasons you outline above — because journalism and teaching are things I believe in. One thing I think I need to get better at is figuring out ways to be sure that everyone gets a chance to talk in class without putting on too much pressure on it. It’s also been written many a time that journalists are actually more likely to be introverted than not — and are attracted to this job even tho it is hard because it pushes them out of their comfort zone.