Freshman Feeling Left Out

Dear Annie, 

I recently overheard my friends talking about making plans without me, and specifically saying to not invite me. Later that day I asked if they wanted to hang out on that day. All of them made an excuse and said they were busy. I am really introverted so making friends is pretty hard for me and I considered them to be good friends. How should I resolve this while staying friends with them?

-Left Out

Dear Left Out, 

I’ve been in the same situation as you.  It’s okay to be upset, and your feelings are completely valid.  As an introvert myself, I know how hard it can be to express how situations like this make you feel, but I encourage you to reach out to these people if you do still intend on keeping this friendship. Let them know how this affected you, but take into consideration that they may not change. Step outside your comfort zone and extend invitations to others too!