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College Admissions Essay: Why I Introduce Myself

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The word ‘hello’ - a simple word- reluctantly forms on my lips. I am at my first leadership training, surrounded by well-spoken and appearingly confident individuals. Throughout my childhood to even now, I have been presented with numerous opportunities where I could converse with others, but I didn’t possess the prowess to introduce myself. My shyness– my social anxiety– needed to be confronted and conquered immediately.
Rather than attempting to develop the bravery and confidence to talk to others, I created a submissive, people-pleasing personality for myself. This continued throughout middle school, in which I did not express my opinions in fear of being judged heavily and losing a friend. However, the decision didn’t positively affect
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