University, whether you’re studying part-time or full-time can be a huge strain on your life, but I believe in making the most of your time as a student, and ensuring that you have had the best University experience when you eventually leave Higher Education.
Outgoing is known by definition as “interested in and responsive to others; friendly; sociable”, and very few tend to label themselves as this. So how can I become more outgoing during my time at University?
Well, I can assure you that it’s much easier than you think, and you might surprise yourself with how much you have already done to demonstrate this valuable attribute.
Be approachable at all times
It seems obvious doesn’t it? However, how many times have you held a door open for someone you don’t know, smiled at a stranger in a queue, thanked a cleaner as they’re busy tidying up after you, and acknowledged the hard work and effort put in by your tutors?
I’m sure when you’re having a bad day, being “approachable” is the least of your worries, but has someone you have never met before ever been kind to you when you’re feeling down, and it has brightened your mood? Make someones day!
Being approachable and being outgoing sit hand in hand, and with so many individuals around at all times during University, it is easily achieved.
Group work is a blessing in disguise
Has a tutor ever set you a group task and you’ve felt a surge of frustration and an extreme lack of enthusiasm?
For some, group work can be an incredibly stressful ordeal, but have you ever weighed up the benefits of completing such tasks?
If group work was so bad then why would nearly every course use it in some way? Think about it.
Being interested in and responsive to others, friendly and sociable are all required for group tasks, which makes it an excellent opportunity to demonstrate these qualities.
In a nutshell, being outgoing is all about getting involved. Your University experience is not a solo journey. It’s about making friends, talking to new people, and working in partnership not only with your peers but with members of staff too.
Don’t be afraid to talk to people, network while you can! With such large buildings full of high volumes of people, University couldn’t be a more perfect place to learn to be outgoing.
There is an opportunity around every corner…