Being an introvert: Amna interviewing Linh
Q1. How do you like to spend time on campus?
I like going to green spaces near Guy’s Campus after classes to recharge my energy and often visit Borough Market as it is a good stroll from Guy’s. I enjoy going to quiet study spaces in the Maughan Library to avoid noise and distractions and I like to take breaks by going to cafes. For example, visiting Somerset House is my favourite activity - it is a good place to enjoy a good cup of coffee, soak in the architecture and people watch!
As an introvert I don’t always necessarily spend time with myself. Sometimes I organise picnics with my friends and go to The Shack in the Students’ Union. I personally like going to the Meadow on the 8th floor of Bush House South East wing as well because it has sleeping bags and comfortable bean chairs.
Q2. How do you develop professional skills and who do you go to for advice?
I like attending guest lectures through the King’s events calendar debates, joining online digital skills classes, and participating in LinkedIn Learning for my personal development. For career advice, I book appointments on King’s CareerConnect with the Careers and Employability team. They are great with CV skills and career advice.
For academic advice, the first point of contact is my personal tutor because they help me develop my personal and academic journey.
Sometimes, I need to get out there and network to show people I have what it takes, but I don’t mind doing it. For me, it is a part of the learning journey as I get to learn from sector experts and grow. It makes me feel like my social energy is being utilised for a good reason.
When I get overwhelmed, I check out the resources from the Counselling and Mental Health Support Service at King’s because it helps me to be more positive.
Q3 How do you make friends on campus?
I personally find it difficult to make friends if we don’t share a common topic of interest. My first acquaintances at King’s were my classmates because we had similar assignments and classes, so it was easier for us to get involved. This led to us eventually becoming friends.
Outside of the classroom, I like photography, so I joined the Photography Society through KCLSU. Connecting with people that have similar interests led me to make closer connections with society members. I like to share memes with my friends because I find them impactful, and you can communicate a lot without saying anything. They are a good way of keeping in touch.
Q4. How do you allocate your time and energy?
I save my energy for social activities; I have people and friends whom I feel comfortable with and that don’t drain my energy. Usually, when I spend time alone, I can accumulate energy to spend on social networking and development. I don’t find it draining as this is all productive.
I find an effective way to use your social battery is to have a reward system. If you spend time on social activities that uses your energy, make sure to reward yourself to keep motivated.
Remember, no one is going to judge you for being quiet. If you want to engage that’s good, but if you want to listen and observe that is fine too.
Q5. Finally, what is your advice for introverts at King’s?
Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to try something new by yourself, otherwise, you will never know. You will find people with similar interests once you put yourself out there. I also encourage you to use Student Services Online to get the right support. Trust your judgement, recognise your capacity and don’t fear judgement.