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Dear Youth Ambassadors,

How do I become more social? I was homeschooled for one year and now I get anxiety when I talk to others.

Sincerely,

Anxious

Dear Anxious,

Find someone you really trust and ask for help. I had my cousin introduce me to her friends and take me to her school and social functions to meet her friends and others to help build my confidence. It really worked for me, so it could help ease some anxiety for you.

Sincerely,

Your Friend

Dear Anxious,

I was homeschooled most of my freshmen year. I’m extremely socially anxious, so when I returned to public school, it was bad. Focus on dealing with your anxiety and becoming more comfortable in your environment. Don’t force yourself to make friends. Becoming more social will come to you on its own.

Sincerely,

Been There

Dear Anxious,

I’m really shy, too. One way to become more social is to have an online account to talk with others. Another way that helped me was playing sports. If you don’t play sports, do something you enjoy that involves others. If you have something in common to share with others, then you will be more successful in talking to them.

Sincerely,

Youth Ambassador