An old soul on a college campus: Living in a world that is not your own

You like to wake up with the sun and brew yourself a bitter-sweet cup of coffee. You check your email, maybe pull out a cross-word or a nice book to read to start your day. You make yourself a schedule for the day’s activities and dress accordingly for the weather. In class you write everything down in a notebook and hardly bring your computer with you. After class you meet a good friend for a chat over some tea. You head back to your room, pull out the homework for the day and finish it along with some relaxing acoustics. You shower and go to bed early… there is just one problem; it’s a Friday night and your neighbors are getting “LIT” for their night out and all you want to do is catch some Z’s.

     tumblr_m55uqlaynu1rupezco1_500If you related to anything above, you may be an old soul like me. Your idea of having fun is going for a brisk walk on an Autumn’s day or visiting a new coffee shop. You tend to stick more to paper than you do to technology. You’re most likely more of an early bird than you are a night owl. You are more introverted than you are extroverted. Accomplishing this lifestyle can be easy at home when you have your own room, but when you move to a college campus, you can feel out of place. 

Believe me, it doesn’t mean that you are strange or awkward. It just means that you have advanced one step ahead of your fellow classmates. Don’t get me wrong, they must be lovely, but it can be isolating when everyone around you is talking about the latest party stories and you just want to talk about a new show you started watching on Netflix or a new book you started reading. Trust me, you are not alone, and sometimes, you really just want to be alone.

That being said, here are some things you can do on a college campus to help quench your old soul needs.

  1. Find the Quiet Spots

This campus can get pretty loud, even in the library. Us old souls just want a silent place to study or read a book. Here are some more quiet areas; Science Library Barnes & Noble Reading Room, University Library 3rd Floor, and Interfaith Center Library/Meditation Room.

  1. Perfect Coffee Shops for a Good Chat

There are some nice coffee shops that don’t get too overwhelmingly loud and have great coffee that is right near by. I suggest the Peaches Café in Stuyvesant’s Plaza or Professor Java on Wolf Rd.

  1. Events for Introverts

A lot of clubs and organizations like to have loud gatherings in public area. Try joining groups or going to events that spark your intellectual mind. Try coming to the story circles with Project MyStory or maybe some events with Peace Action or the Interfaith Center. These groups tend to have more introverted people than not and can attest to your need for one on one conversations.

  1. Weekend Trips to Places of Nature

Luckily, Albany isn’t all city. There are some really lovely places nearby where you can hike and enjoy some quiet in nature. Take a walk by Indian Pond or head on over to Thatcher Park. If you really want to get away, Dippikill is the perfect place to go where you can even get rid of cell service.

  1. Food for Thought

Ever want to sit and talk with your professor outside of office hours? A lot of us old soul type tends to be incredibly interested in what our professors are practicing outside of the classroom, maybe with some research their doing or maybe they can help you with your eventual career. Food for Thought is a fantastic program. Stop by LC31 to pick up two free meal tickets for the dining hall and bring your professor. A free meal and more involved discussion.

  1. Headphones

The only other advice I can give you is to get a really good pair of headphones when you want to sleep and no one else does.

Like I said, you’re not alone here. You may be fortunate enough to meet someone just like you and you can make a college environment work for someone who would rather be in a quiet home. Keep reading and keep thinking. It’ll pay off in the future.

img_20160825_083203-002Elizabeth B.
Class of 2018
Major: Communication
Minor: Art
Blog Theme: Homebody for Everybody


Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.

Established in March 2015, Project MyStory is a community building effort to help students better acclimate to UAlbany and to work more effectively toward their goals. We began in UAlbany’s Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will see many of the posters featured above. We are now co-housed in ASC and in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy (CIEGS).

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