18 Things Every Introvert In a Seminar Full of Angry Politics Students Knows To Be True
We all know that seminar debates can get intense, right? Well can you imagine that intensity when it comes to a subject as controversial as Politics?
1. Even before class has started, you are more nervous than usual.
Being an introvert, it’s easy to be scared away from the very loud environment of a Politics seminar.
2. Because you know exactly how rowdy politics students can get.
Have you ever seen MPs in the House of Commons?
3. You know how easy it is to take a seat in the background and stay quiet.
Or to just stick with your group of friends so that you don’t stand out.
4. Having to psych yourself up to go to class full of passion.
This way, when someone inevitably wants to start a debate with you, you won’t be as afraid of fighting back.
5. Louder students often interrupt you before you’ve given your argument on account of how quietly you speak compared to them.
Indoor voices, please.
6. So it’s even more difficult to join in with class debates because you’re rarely ever heard.
It’s a known fact that introverts tend to keep their opinions to themselves, so when we feel like we’re not getting our points across it’s even harder to stay motivated.
7. This means your seminar tutor often assumes you haven’t prepared.
Not the case.
8. Or that you only come to the seminar to get ideas from everyone else.
In group debates and oral presentations, it’s easy to allow others to overshadow your ability, making it look as though you just haven’t got the skills.
9. Even though you’ve spent hours on end prepping in your room.
I once sat in front of the mirror and went through my notes. True story.
10. It takes some time for you to get in the groove of things and be confident enough to put your hand up.
Especially when it comes to being the one to take the lead in a debate.
11. And when you eventually get a point across, someone will come back quicker than ever with a counterargument.
12. Which isn’t the end of the world, because you’ve got all your notes organised in front of you.
13. Sometimes, it’s easier to dwell on the negatives.
“They said my point was rubbish… I’m so rubbish.”
14. And this can go as far as thinking you should change your entire degree course.
15. Or even drop out of uni altogether.
16. But this doesn’t last, because you have a genuine interest in and love for the subject.
17. At the end of class, even if you only ended up saying a few points, you feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
18. But you know you’ll go right back to being a nervous wreck before the next one.