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Should someone with social anxiety (me) go away for college?

Hello, I just recently graduated high school a couple of days ago. At the end of middle school I had been the most comfortable I ever was compared to my feelings in 6th and 7th grade. Normally what happens is I am extremely fearful of social situations throughout the first years in a new school. My last year in a school I begin to get comfortable and dread the fact that I graduate because it means starting all over again. High school was no different. I will miss everyone single one of the graduates that graduated with me. I have worked very hard to try and end my social anxiety and fear of being judged, and part of me knows it is time to move on. I really should have made this decision about TWO months ago but I have until July 1st. Will going away to college end my social anxiety forever? I will be six hours away from home and will be dorming on campus. I will also have a roommate and money is not an issue in this case since I received a scholarship that pays for everything! Please help I am terrified of the idea of going away for college because I will be facing my social anxiety issue "head on" but maybe it could end my problem forever?
Category: Social Anxiety 7 years ago
Asked 7 years ago

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I definitely think you should go away to college. I have had social anxiety for most of my life but when I left home for college I had some of the best times of my life. I DID have a couple panic attacks and problems in some classes (oral exam) but it was the first time I had to push really myself to socialise. My grades weren't great, I went to see a counselor for the first time and it took a short time to make friends but you meet people like yourself in an atmosphere that is much more open than high school. It might not cure your anxiety but you will probably have good memories that will last the rest of your life.
Answered 7 years ago

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