My therapist thinks I should interact with people more. Social situations make me so nervous and uncomfortable that I haven't left the house except to go train, go to school, or run errands in for nearly a month. Even at school it's hard because I can't talk to anyone and I'm terrified of speaking up in class, even though I love my classes this semester. I know I should be forging bonds with the professors and stuff, because I'm going to be here awhile and I need them to write me references for my grad program, but I just can't do it. I can't think of anything to say really and I can't look at people and my being nervous makes other people nervous, which makes me even more nervous. I've thought about joining a club or something, but I can't think of anything I like to do that isn't a more or less solitary endeavor. My therapist suggested MENSA, since my IQ is high enough and she thinks part of my problem is I don't have enough interaction with people on my same intellectual level, but MENSA is freaking intimidating, especially since the town I live in is full of actual rocket scientists. I can just visualize walking into a meeting with these guys and someone saying, "I build parts for the space station, what do you do for a living?" and I say, "Um...I hit people." My therapist says I'm too hard on myself, and she's probably right. If I could relax, I would probably be okay, or at least a little better, but it's just so hard not to get freaked out by all this. I'm perfectly fine at writing to people, though. I sound like a half-sane person when I write and not a gibbering moron, so I thought about doing a penpal program, like writing to servicemen and women overseas or to someone in prison or something, but that still doesn't solve the problem of actually sitting down and talking to someone. Any suggestions?