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All right, deep breaths! You got this.
First, it’s natural to be frightened. I don’t know where you’re from but it actually doesn’t really matter - I can tell you that 99% of the incoming freshmen are going to be frightened, whether they’re from next door or out of state. It’s a new chapter of your life, there’s all this “it’s the best years of your life” hype, etc - that’d make anybody nervous! You say you’re shy but everyone’s feeling a little self-conscious their first few days. Consciously tell yourself that you’re going to try your best to have a great four (or five… cough… I WAS A DOUBLE MAJOR) years there. Reach out to some nice people in your first few days. You should have orientation at some point before school starts, talk to your orientation leader about your concerns, and ask them what they recommend (they love that stuff… trust me). It’s great you’re living on campus because you’ll have a resident advisor and they’re fully equipped to make sure everyone’s having the best possible college experience at all times so they will LOVE talking to you about this. Ask them about student organizations based on things you like/like to do. There’s one for every interest it seems like. There will probably be some sort of massive club sign-up event the first month (I think it’s Discoverfest), check that out. Look here’s a huge list: https://apps.fullerton.edu/studentclubs/clubsearch/clublist.aspx
As for feeling overwhelmed, again, you’re not alone. Get organized before you move. Make lists. Housing should send you some sort of “before you get here” stuff but if they don’t, research online some important things to bring. You’ll probably pick your classes during orientation. Bond with your roommate(s) when you move in and go get your books. Go to your RAs programs to meet your neighbors. Step by step! The overwhelmed feeling won’t last long.
Finally, disappointed about getting into your backup. To be honest, CSUF was my backup too. I was incredibly bummed for the first few days. But as I made friends, got involved, got jobs on campus, I felt like I was a part of the community and within a very short time, grew to love it. Be open to the new experiences (expect that there will be good and bad) and learn from them - that’s about the most basic advice I can give you.
Have a great summer and a smooth start to your CSUF life, and welcome to the Titan fam! =)