• Talia Basma

5 Social Activities for Introverts at UC Davis

Being an introvert doesn’t mean you don’t have a social life—it just means that you recharge differently than others at the end of the day. Nonetheless, introverts and extroverts alike need to get out and socialize from time to time. If you don’t like crowds or are just on the more shy end of the spectrum, start small. Check out this list of possible Davis activities.

Something chill

It’s good to get fresh air and walk around. The perfect place is at the Davis Farmers Market. You can go with friends, you can go with family, or you can visit alone. Choose things you need like eggs or fresh fruits, and make friendly conversation with the people behind the tables. If you want to do more than shop, the FarMar also holds events that you can check out on their calendar.

Something cuddly

If you’re an animal lover, keep track of the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services’ quarterly Therapy Fluffies events. These are held around midterms to help students decompress and relax with the help of some furry friends. You can even follow their Facebook pagefor updates on all their events.

If once per quarter isn’t enough, you can do something more regular, like volunteer at the Yolo County SPCA to help shelter dogs and cats find homes. Not only will you meet new people but you’ll make some new animal friends as well.

Something relatable

If you have specific interests or hobbies, look for organizations and events to find like-minded people. If you’re the only one of your friends who likes to read, find a book club on campus. If you want to talk to someone else who shares your love of astronomy, join the astronomy club. Take advantage of those student organizations that are always tabling in the Memorial Union and Silo—take a pamphlet or strike up a conversation at tables that catch your attention.

If there is no club for your interest, consider starting one. It doesn’t need to be a formal school club; you could talk to friends and classmates and, using the power of the Internet, reach out to the wider campus population.

Something artsy

Museums, galleries, and gardens are great places to be around other people but still be alone, without the intense invasion of personal space. Davis has many options, including the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, The Artery, and Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.

Something else

Davis offers tons of different options just waiting to be experienced. College can be a large and intimidating place, but getting yourself out there can make the campus seem much smaller than it is. UC Davis has a calendar of activities, from Lunchtime Tai Chi or Gentle Yoga to Art & Culture: The Art of Traditional Chinese Painting, that you can browse at your leisure. Download the UC Davis App to stay fully updated about school events all year round.

Originally posted on CourseHero on May 24th, 2018

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