Agreeing strongly with Tsar on all his points on his first post.
I do wonder about the total alcohol ban re breast cancer. Not that I want to push you to drink drink drink, but just wondering. Do you know that you have a key gene for breast cancer? I may not be up on the latest re breast cancer statistics, so don't listen to me - but it is an enquiry for some later research for you, possibly, re whether you can occasionally have a glass of wine with a meal, for example. Data often conflicts, and there are plenty of stats that low alcohol is a better idea than none re various outcomes.
Women in general are well advised to not have more than one or two glasses of wine a day - while universities seem to have a huge drinking culture, at least that I have read about. Th
On shyness, I used to be very shy. I remember that I was very critical of others - that I hadn't begun to know - and very centered on myself. When I was around your age, that changed. I got more relaxed with myself and started looking around at who other people are, and interested.
For example, I worked while going through university and a woman I worked with in a hospital cashier's office was always going on about the race track. She was like a zebra in the room, to me, then. Anyway, at some point I began, on her urging, to give her a horse's name for the fourth race, and so on... and, ha, my record based simply on their names and no racing world data, worked for her enough that we could all enjoy each other, while it was just a game. Ok, I might have looked at the odds, once I got an idea of what odds are, which probably took a while. Point is, we were very unlike, but took each other as ok, while of course keeping the cashier's room going workwise. That was a place that was sometimes crazy busy and later, not so much.
You sound fine to me, just thrown into a new school of fish.