Biweekly I have a one on one with my RA supervisor about my residents, schoolwork, personal life etc. Today he brought up a point about how our one on ones are always quick and simple. My response was that in a meeting I prefer to listen and only talk and comment when I have something relevant and important to share. He then told me that I am an introvert and I my first response was “No way, I’m too social for that.” But when he explained why I am more of an introvert I understood what he meant.
I am a great people person and love helping and interacting with others in any way possible. I love giving tours at USF and thrive on helping others succeed. In my personal life I love going out and being the center of attention, especially for events like my birthday! But, I also enjoy spending time alone going to the pool, reading, writing or watching TV. Sometimes I want to just stay in my room and be alone! I don’t need social engagement but use it to stay connected to the world. Academically and professionally, I prefer working alone and not showing drafts of projects until everything is completed. Don’t get me wrong, I am great at team work, but prefer if the work is divided so everyone has their own part.
I’ve always thought introverts were shy and timid, but I am the complete opposite. I’m opinionated, strong willed and sociable. I have a new view of myself and am perfectly ok with being an partly an introvert.