Benefits of Being an Introvert in College

Introverts typically have a more moderate experience of the college life (i.e. typically avoiding college parties and spending more time in the room). While people may think introverts miss out on the “college experience” by avoiding parties and other usual social activities many other college students experience, but this idea is generally misguided in its assumptions. Introverts experience a lot in college life, which doesn’t just apply to the social life aspects college is most known for.

Drake University, my school, can offer many benefits for introverts in the classroom as well as socially.

While introverts spend time alone at college, they can learn much more about themselves and learn more hobbies while some people are out partying, because introverts generally become more time for introspection and time to learn new things to do, which is good for college. College is not just about having fun: it is about improving one’s self and learning new skills or hobbies as well as job skills. Further benefits of being introverted for college involve working by one’s self, which is valuable for moments when a person is put all by his or herself in a moment on the job, and also internally processing information from other what other students say in the classroom, which is sometimes more valuable than expressing one’s own opinions in the classroom scene. Furthermore, introverts can be beneficial in the college setting by giving the classroom a quiet sense of leadership and an intense method in how classroom work should be like.

Also, according to Psychology Today, an introvert is able to work to solve a problem in creative ways: “Having the opportunity to reflect quietly on a problem allows you to make the maximum use of your ability to engage in original thought, and to produce results about which you can feel proud.” Obviously creative thinking is valued in college as a valuable commodity and is considered necessary for a higher educational setting. Finally, being an introvert allows someone to be, according to PopSugar’s Ashley Paige, “uphold a healthy relationship with the self,” another important aspect of college. If someone doesn’t have a healthy relationship with their sense of self in college then it makes them scramble for a couple of years (at least) in their post-college life. Finding out who one’s self is in college allows future success in a career.

Being an introvert in college isn’t a burden if someone doesn’t make it one. It can actually bring a lot of benefits if one applies him-or-herself.

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