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I’ll be honest. I had another idea in mind for this column.

But then I sat down in a room with four McMurry University students to chat about Welcome Week and I changed my mind.

Going back to school can be extremely stressful. Especially, as I found out, if you’re shy.

It’s not a question of introverted or extroverted. Shyness is its own creature. I am, by my very nature, a shy extrovert. And it made 17-year-old Tim freak out when he went to an extremely intimidating University at Buffalo for the first time in August 2000.

Intimidation was a big factor after I finished high school. For equivalency, my graduating class was about

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