I know that Stanford has a "Shyness Institute" in which shy students with social anxiety problems etc. can be cure and improve themselves.
On the other hand, I hear that highly selective schools such as Stanford look for students who are leaders andactive, and in Stanford's case, "mavericks".
I guess "shy" doesn't necessarily mean non-maverick or non-leader, but I was just wondering...
The fact they even have a shyness institute would mean there are shy students on campus rite?
So my question is, would it be a plus or minus to answer on the Why Stanford essay that you're a naturally shy person but under Stanford's specific environment you have great potential to grow? This is, of course, after showing that you demonstrated significant growth in confidence and leadership in high school.