Hey Meggie, I know how you feel I just moved to a new city to attend college and I hate being stuck in my apartment when I'm not on campus. Both of those organizations seem relative to your career goals and very interesting and doable.
I want to join Toastmasters International and AITP(Association of information technology professionals). I really do not have the courage to join Toastmasters which is unfortunate, I just think it would be a disaster. AITP seems doable though they host guest speakers, do resume workshops, and some social stuff like networking events, things like that.
In the past before I developed this crappy social anxiety to the level it is now I had a wide variety of friends of different ethnicities, genders, age, etc... but I feel kind of intimidated going to this new school. the school is like 99% African-American students and I am caucasian. I've never been a minority at school. Kind of a culture shock for me. I hope I can fit in. So far the students have been very friendly to me in the extremely limited social interaction I have engaged in.
Well I hope that you do decide to join one of these organizations and I look forward to hearing about your experiences if you decide to do so.
I don't use drugs either besides a low dosage of xanax. I hate drinking so I avoid clubs and social gatherings where alcohol is present. I would probably be better off drinking as far as my quality of life goes as far as my social life is concerned. But yea there's two weeks left in the semester and I haven't made a single friend this Fall, kind of depressing. I seem to have grown emotionally numb and I usually don't care but there are times where I long for the simplest things... even a random conversation with someone I don't know at all is satisfying to me. Hopefully I can meet at least like 1 or 2 people before I graduate...
I know this isn't related to your topic but do you exercise? I'm just curious, that is a good first step. When I go to the gym I share something in common with the people there and that is one of the few places that I am able to strike up conversations with people my age. At the moment when I exercise is about the only time I truely feel at peace and like a normal human being.
Maybe you can inspire me to do the same. Good luck.