any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

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any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by alvythemonster » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:49 pm

i dont mean that this will be my first time going, just my first time without anyone which is causing me a lot of anxiety. so are there any tips for this or anything i should know?

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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by PkmnAura » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:31 pm

How old are you? If you are younger I'd limit the hours you are hanging around the con alone and know where you are going.

Also, if you're getting anxious about going about it alone go out and find people who cosplay something you might be cosplaying, or who are in a group of nice people. See if you can join them. If you are looking for an active place to seek help or find friends check out the Anime Boston Social Facebook group. Plenty of people on there who'd be willing to hang out even if it's just for a small time.

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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by AnnaNeko » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:25 am

ehhh.... might be moot, but it helps if you make up a lil schedule for yourself (even if it's just "welp, I'm gonna spend time taking pics of awesome cosplayers! My phone doesn't need all that battery life anyway")

And every once in a while take a break in a quiet space that is the Manga Library! at least thats how I deal with the internal screaming of anxiety, maybe it'll work for you too :D
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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by tim_p » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:06 pm

AnnaNeko wrote:And every once in a while take a break in a quiet space that is the Manga Library! at least thats how I deal with the internal screaming of anxiety, maybe it'll work for you too :D
This is great advice. The manga library is one of my favorite parts of AB. As an introverted person, it's a wonderful breather from the intense stimulus of the crowded con.

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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by RoseyShimmer » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:17 pm

I'll be going to the con alone for the first time too. I plan to visit some panels I want to see and the dealers room. Those are things that are fine to do alone. I just don't know what I will do for trivia yet. :/

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Post by sdfx » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:49 pm

Definitely good to make a schedule as noted above! And remember to take breaks also stated above.

From my experience, it's good to remember that if you feel uncomfortable or want to leave a panel, it's fine to get up and leave. No one will scold you for doing so, even if it feels awkward to be that person to leave mid-way.

Take deep breaths as there are so many people around and you may feel super insignificant, but that's okay :)

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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by SeaMonk » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:40 pm

I'm going to be going alone too so you aren't alone in the fact that you'll be going alone! cx

I'm also growing super anxious about it, but I think it'll all be okay. Last year, if I was feeling too anxious or overwhelmed, I made sure to cool off in one of the video show rooms that ran anime. It's really helpful to take breaks from the crowds of people every once in a while.

I would love to meet up with some people who are equally as anxious/excited so we can be excited together! <3 Feel free to shoot me a message if you think you'll be needing some company. Anyone else in a similar situation can too if they'd like. Oh, by the way I'm 17 and live in Boston.

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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by Master of NERV » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:19 am

If anxiety is an issue, and you feel the need to leave a panel, do yourself a favor and sit at the rear. That way, your departure will be a lot less disruptive to the audience and panelist and will draw minimal attention to yourself.

Also, try to plan your schedule ahead in a calm environment and, stick to your choices. You'll be better focused if you have a clear idea what you're doing and when.

Lastly, don't get so frazzled that you forget to eat and stay hydrated. Con is stressful enough without getting woozy. ;)
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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by Nenie » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:40 am

Interact with the people next to you when you get into lines for things. :) Participate with an interactive panel. If you're cosplaying, fellowship in with cosplayers from the same series. The good thing about being on your own is that, you don't have to follow anyone's schedule but your own. You go wherever you want, and do as you please. If you don't want to eat alone, you could bring your food into the Karaoke Room and sit down at one of the tables with someone.
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Re: any tips for someone going to ab alone for the first time?

Post by deannavalv » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:35 pm

I actually went alone last year and am going by myself again this year~ I'm from New Jersey so it's a 6 hour trip & I was suuuuper nervous the whole week leading up to the con. But when I got there and started walking around, I totally loosened up. While going to cons with friends is an amazing time, going alone is equally as fun! As some others noted, definitely make yourself a schedule/jot down some panels you might want to attend~ Also, you don't have to force yourself to talk to anybody! I only talked to 1-2 people last year because I'm reaaally bad with talking to people for the first time. But if somebody is talking about something that you like, don't be too afraid to jump in! Remember that pretty much every attendee has the same general interest(s) as you~

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