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College is All About You
February 3, 2017
People are quick to compare themselves to others in this age of social media, but remember that your experience in unique.
Social media allows us to know what our friends are up to at any given moment of the day. But it’s easy to forget that people choose what they post. We are looking at the highlight reel of everyone else’s life while living the messy, behind-the-scenes reality of our own.
When high school friends split up to go to different schools, they can lose touch but keep tabs using social media. Say they start posting pictures with new people all the time. You might feel self-conscious about the small group of friends you have in comparison. But it could be that your friend might be really just floating around with different groups of people. Maybe they did not find those close, strong friendships.
Nobody will have the same college experience as you will. And that is perfectly OK. Even people at your school with your same major can take different classes, live in a different dorm and join other organizations and clubs.
You are unique, just like your experience. Focus on yourself and make decisions based on your interests, passions and dreams, not what other people are saying and doing. You need to have your own best interests at heart, because you are the person who will live the rest of your life, not anybody else.
Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” If you are too busy worrying about everyone else’s life, you will forget to keep living and enjoying your own.
This advice is especially true during senior year. With graduation season closing in (I only have about two months left), I get caught in this trap. She has a job lined after graduation. He negotiated his start date so he could travel to Europe over the summer. Then of course, I am jealous of all the underclassmen who don’t have to worry about any of this yet.
I noticed this and started to change the way I think. Now I can be excited for my friends as they tell me their plans, without feeling lost or failed in my own future.
Remember that college is a time for you to learn, grow and develop. You can do that at your own pace, change your mind or explore many paths. At the end of the day, college will only be a success if you feel fulfilled. So step away from social media every now and then and make sure you’re doing what makes you happy.
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3 Ways to Get Involved on Campus
January 25, 2017
College should be more than just your classes. Get out there and join in with these three strategies.
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