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First time posting on this board... Just wanted to get some opinions. I'm a 19 year old female and I'm about to start my first year of university in the fall. For most of my life, I've been labeled as shy, but I've always believed that it goes a little further than that.

I get extremely nervous in social situations, especially around people that I don't know. I constantly feel like I'm being watched and judged and if someone tries to talk to me, my entire body heats up, my hands get sweaty, my face turns red and I rarely know what to say. I make myself sick worrying about situations where I won't know very many people, which is why I'm worried about university in the fall.

I understand that some nervousness is normal and okay, but I wonder if I take it to extremes. I went to meet my boyfriend's parents this past summer and spent just over a week with them. The night before my boyfriend and I left to go to his house (he lives 6 hours away), I was sick to my stomach and couldn't sleep because I was so nervous. When I finally met his parents, I felt like everything that came out of my mouth was stupid and I was so shy and nervous around them. I found out later that they thought I was shy and they weren't sure if I liked them. Clearly this is not the impression that I want to leave people with.

Is this normal or am I taking it to a bit of an extreme here? If anyone has any suggestions on how to manage this or make it go away, they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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