It is what you make of it. I'm just about to start senior year, and pretty much finding myself in the same situation as Coming Out on Top (albeit without the protagonist's enviable choice of suitors). Looking back, I really wish I could convert the amount of time spent looking at porn into time spent on a relationship. College is really the first time you are given so much control over your own personal development, and unlike K-12, no authority is going to force you to "eat your veggies". So to the introvert, get out there and try new things! Growth comes from pushing yourself into unfamiliar (but physically safe!) situations and adapting how you respond. I was pretty timid coming in, but getting involved in student clubs made me very assertive. (I swear I majored in STEM, despite the mushiness of the advice.)
It seems that there are a few in academia on here, so I'm surprised this didn't get mentioned. Watch out for impostor syndrome. Freshman intro courses were the first time I got to see how truly fucked US education is, as some students were struggling to write academic papers while others were riffing off their "Poststructuralism and the Self" (or whatever) courses from private school. Coming in, I always told myself, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard", which is true. But there will be times when someone is just brilliant AND comes from a great background AND works hard. It doesn't mean "trying is useless," but don't kill yourself by competing rather than learning.>>5765
So much yes on internships. An added plus, if you can find the gems, some actually pay extremely well (I had a friend make 25k+ over a summer. That's like, more than the poverty linPost too long. Click here to view the full text.