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Updated on Monday, January 6

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QUESTION: Fellow shy/introverted people: How do you handle your co-op jobs? My job this term requires me to be really outgoing with the clients, which isn't really a problem since I do love my field and I enjoy helping others. However, the part I'm finding excruciatingly unbearable is the fact that I have supervisors assessing me the entire time during my work... Not only that but it takes me a while to warm up to others, and I just feel very awkward socializing with my other coworkers. I'm just very anxious that this might affect my overall performance this term. Does anyone have any advice that might be helpful for me? Thank you

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  1. Ugh, I know how you feel. I can be chatty to a fault when I'm relaxed but as soon as I feel like I NEED to be sociable I get awkward and closed off. Its then made worse by the fact that I now feel like I'm being judged for not being social and it goes on.

    Two things I'd keep in mind:
    - As you get to know them your co-workers will likewise get to know you and your workplace socializing should be a-ok. They might think you're a bit weird at first but whatever, you'll be friends soon enough (forced contact pretty much guarantees it unless someone's a total dick)
    - Everyone loves smalltalk. I used to have trouble when I feel like I'm talking about nothing and feel like im wasting someone's time. Then I realized that I'd yet to meet a person who actually disliked idle chatter. It makes the world go round.

    So go out there, chat when you can, and stop worrying so much. The worrying is half the trouble :)

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    1. wow, that second point was really well put

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