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Columnist discusses introverted characteristics

By Brooke McAfee

I am an introvert. I do not feel compelled spend my free time in the constant company of other people, but the idea of spending a few hours in solitude, reading a book or listening to music, seems to be the perfect way to unwind after a stressful week. Time spent among a crowd, exchanging mindless small talk with unfamiliar people, may seem to drag on and on for hours, but hours spent engaging in meaningful conversation among close friends cannot be wasted. And I do not see the need to fill every silent moment with my voice.

It is not that I am shy or antisocial. Introversion is simply a different way of thinking.

The main difference between an introvert and an extrovert is the way they become energized. An extrovert will find energy by exposure to people and social situations, while introverts recharge by being alone with their thoughts for a while.

Introversion is a commonly misinterpreted personality trait. Though the majority of people tend to have extroverted personalities, introverts are not abnormal whatsoever. It is ridiculous to stereotype us, because we rarely fit perfectly into a category.

We can be quite social, talkative, and vivacious, contrary to the common opinion. And just because we do not want to be around certain people all the time is not a sign of dislike. It is simply difficult for us to have prolonged exposure to socialization. To us, solitude does not have to be synonymous with the terms bored or lonely. It can be easier to feel bored or lonely in a massive crowd of people we do not feel a true connection with.

Many introverts participate in social situations with ease, and we are certainly capable of enjoying the company of people we find interesting. We can even tolerate the sort of dull, meaningless chit chat we find so excruciating, because silence is often perceived as rude or awkward, and a conversation about things that actually matter can be difficult to initiate. And around friends or family, we may be among the loudest and most talkative in the room.

But at the end of the day, we need to be alone with our thoughts, away from the chaos of the external world. Because, let’s face it, people can be exhausting.

There are many ups and downs to being an introvert. We prefer listening to frequent speaking, and we are less likely to act impulsively, preferring to thoughts before action. We can easily concentrate, especially upon matters we are passionate about.

However, with such a personality, there are many complications. We often keep our thoughts locked up inside of us, which can make it quite difficult for people to truly get to know us. Our minds and imagination might be overactive with tumultuous activity, but little escapes from the brain into speech. That’s why many introverts turn to writing as a means of expression.

Perhaps, to the extroverted mind, what I have described seems like complete misery. Yet many people simply do not understand how introverts work. We cannot change who we are: our introversion is lodged deep within our psychology. And that is fine. Sometimes, all I need is the people I care about, meaningful conversation, and some peace and quiet.

#SPEAKOUT: Hunt for what you’re proud of

By Danielle Shealy

Hunting for the perfect holiday bird is easy when you’re hunting ground is a big store with everything you need.

During Thanksgiving, we come together as different families celebrating what we are thankful for.  For me, thankfulness isn’t about who got you what. It isn’t about about who decorated the house the best. Those things are nice, but thankfulness should be about having someone or something in our life that makes everything better, even if we’re having a bad day.

I am thankful for so many things in my life.  I am thankful that I live in a country where I can get a free education. I appreciate that I can choose any job I want and not have to be told no because I have a disability or that I will get the beneifits I need when I turn 18. I appreciate that I have people in my life that keep me grounded and try to keep me on the right path.

Something that I am most thankful for is that I am able to speak my own mind.  So many children in my position don’t have the opportunity.  It hurts me to see that look in their eyes and how they want to communicate, but they can’t.  I am thankful that I can speak so eloquently that I am able to affect someone by just sharing my thoughts.

I am thankful that most of the time I am happy in my own skin.  I am thankful that I am able to go to bed at night and not wander where my next meal will come from.  I am thankful that people believe in me and will always be there to support me.  I am thankful for my friends that pick me up on the worst days and bring me back to reality.

I hope you are able to find a hunting ground as good as mine.

Lunch Period Shenanigans Costume Contest Results

Congratulations to junior Shelby Kaiser! She received a drawing of herself by senior Summer Haynes.

The answers:

Jon: Iron Man/Tony Stark from Iron Man

Ian: Castiel from Supernatural

Lucas: Pauly D from Jersey Shore

Louis: Tom Sawyer from Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer

Dawn: Daphne from Scooby Doo

Eve: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Adam: Charlie Brown from Peanuts

Mr. Benson: Professor Snape from Harry Potter

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