OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Tuesday, February 25

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QUESTION: What club/volunteer work do you suggest a socially awkward person get involved in around campus? Sounds stupid, I know. I don't even know where to start

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  1. Maybe something to do with kids or pets or something? Kids probably won't notice how awkward you are, same with dogs, and it provides you with something to talk to people about.

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    1. I'm also a super awkward and kids have always made me feel even more awkward. But this might just be because I've had bad experiences with little kids in the past. (e.g. peer reading- no kids wanted to read with me :( haha)

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  2. A cappella club! We are fun. We like friends and new people. We sing and dance and play board games.

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  3. Honestly, just find things you are interested in and show up to their meetings. People at this school are pretty awkward in general - you'll blend right in. If you're nervous, organize the group leader or event organizer in advance and ask them to introduce you to people. Whenever I've done that, people have been really receptive and helpful.

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    1. 3 here.

      I meant to say, "email the group leader........."

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  4. Volunteer for a C&D! You get to practice interacting with people (if that's what you want) but at most for a minute.

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    1. How do you get a job at engineering C+D?

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  5. I volunteer cooking and serving free soup lunches on Saturdays with Food Not Bombs Kitchener. Serving the soup is a bit more social, but during the cooking and dishwashing you could just be chopping onions or scrubbing away and everyone would be happy to have your help.

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    1. This sounds cool, do you need to go every Saturday? Would you say that you've actually made some friends from the experience?

      I might look into signing up!

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  6. Head on over to WPIRG. They have a great number of action groups and project which are always looking for volunteers. There's probably something there you might like to get involved with. You don't have to worry about making commitments either, just show up to a meeting or two, or get added to a mailing list and see if the shoe fits, so to speak.

    You can find out more at www.wpirg.org

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  7. If you like writing or editing, volunteer at Imprint. Everyone is really nice and it's very casual.

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  8. I've seen people who feel socially awkward join and jump into all kinds of clubs, from cultural associations to dance clubs. It really depends on what you're interested in.

    I think the next step may actually be to catch your negative judgement of yourself in your post, OP. I think that your post was a great first step toward attempting to be more social! Asking for help is great when you have no idea what to do. I fear that having negative thoughts about your asking for help will negatively affect your attitudes toward going through with joining a club.

    Try repeating this to yourself when you come out to meet people: "this is a good idea."

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  9. ITT: Join my club. we will accept you.

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