Out to discover my pseudo extroverted side : Making new friends at SIDTM Pune virtually.
Through some odd years:
I have a confession to make! I don’t have a best friend, never had one. I never had the efficacy to go outside for night stays to my friend’s place, never really get a video call on birthdays. I have always been like this, since my early teens. I may come to you as someone who is submissive about things and would never want to blend along, and it is not just me who choose to be in the bubble but many others.
If you’re someone who thinks on the similar lines, you probably need a shift in perspective. The “Introvert nature” shouldn’t be really taken along with “An egoistic behaviour”, perhaps these are just peripheral terms and choosing your space or not allowing anyone to invade that little corner is a personal choice.
From a bumpy start to a smooth transition
I belong to the 90s generation, not the GenZ kid though, however I still fantasise about the absurd email accounts I put in use, and would stealthily feel contented, if someone from school sent me a request to connect. You see, that’s the thing! In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t even want to attend a place full of my classmates, however would feel good , when someone tried to notice me, in a room jam packed with ten thousand human beings, it’s sheer masquerade! But, for how long though?
MBA had been a long term goal, ever since I graduated from high school and I wanted to get an admit to a reputed BSchool quite certainly. Perhaps, I was sure about the repercussions! If it’s an MBA, it’s about the networking, contacts, interaction. I had several thoughts crossing my mind already, what if I am pushed to hide behind a façade of a happy portrayal, again? I did manage to make it to one of the finest Bschools in the country, but the exorbitant amount of flaking, kept crawling my head, time and again. I knew this ain’t gonna work if I keep berating and abandoning myself from the world. I was left with no other option, but to start interacting with a few of my batchmates.
To my surprise, it didn’t really require an effort! I realised the importance of fruitful conversations and contacting, started to suddenly see a sharp rise in my interest among my batchmates, their vision, their goals. Everybody had a unique story to narrate, I realised it wasn’t just me, all this while.
The virtual, as they say, did no good to the world: loss of employment, sluggish economy, extended WFH hours but it certainly did it’s part in making an Introvert realise, how imperative it is to come out of the comfort zone and sail through the mettle, called Life!
Attaching a happy picture of us celebrating a friend’s birthday virtually! Cheers to the new friendships and myriad of emotions that flow along.