3 years ago, almost to date, I stepped onto campus for only the second time ever. A few days prior, I received the best advice I ever got- step outside of my comfort zone. In high school, I was never a very outgoing person. I played a few sports, went to classes, had my friend groups, but never had the drive or confidence to be outgoing. So, I challenged myself to get outside my comfort zone during my freshman year- it was the best collegiate decision I made.
I joined organizations left and right until I found a few that stuck. These organizations, along with the friends, faculty, and alumni I have met because of them, have completely transformed me. I have been able to develop skills that have not only made me more confident, but just overall more socially welcoming and enjoyable. All this was thanks to a piece of advice I was given during my orientation that I decided to wholeheartedly follow.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to find out what you are truly capable of. Taking risks and doing things you might not normally do is a great way for someone to reinvent themselves, especially someone like me who was looking for a fresh start after high school- I enjoyed high school, but just wanted to create a different experience for myself.
I use to hate presenting and public speaking; I always felt so awkward and that everyone was constantly critiziczing me. What I came to realize was that with a little coaching, some practice, and a bit of built up confidence, public speaking and presenting to a large group wasn’t that hard after all. Because of my choice to step outside of my comfort zone, and seek out opportunities to have new experiences, I know that I am a more well-rounded person.
What will you make of this year?