To begin, no, I’m not talking about risks while partying or risking your grade by not studying. I’m talking about putting yourself out there while away at school.
Exposing yourself can mean a variety of different things. Of course, I know what you’re all thinking right off the bat. But putting yourself out there and taking a chance on something is one of the scariest things you can do. Or maybe I speak only for myself.
I’m almost done with my first year of college, and I can hardly believe it. It’s flown by–and it terrifies me every day thinking that I’m getting closer and closer to the real world. It also excites me. Knowing that I can be an experienced young woman who helps someone with something–anything–is an invigorating feeling. These next few weeks for me are full of things I’ve never done. I’m applying for an internship. I’m running for publicity chair in my sorority. I’m also applying for a leadership position in Cardinal Comm. It’s a huge time of growth for me, but I don’t think I’m unprepared.
The last year was an enormous risk for me. Going away to college is a scary thing. You have four months to prove to yourself, your parents, your friends, and everyone you meet at school that you belong there. If you don’t do well during your first semester of college, you’re either out of luck and back home, or under a very watchful eye. I made it through my first semester. I’m almost done with my second (only five weeks left!). I’ve made it. I definitely plan on making it another six semesters. But going away to school isn’t the only risk I’ve taken this past year. I have:
- applied (and been accepted) to be a member of Cardinal Communications as a freshman
- applied (and been accepted) as an Account Executive for my CC team
- become a design leader for several projects I’ve been a part of, just by trying my hardest
- started going to the gym to work out (which may sound stupid, but as someone who never worked out before, it was a terrifying step)
- switched roommates
- avoided people who are “toxic,” meaning that they don’t make me feel good when I spend time with them, or they always bring me down
While some of these might seem a little more trivial than others, they have all been important steps in making my personal happiness a priority. By ridding myself of negative people and trying my hardest in all that I do, I have really grown during my first year of college. It’s hard to believe that next year I’ll really buckle down and ramp up my major-related classes. I’ll have an internship (hopefully) next summer. I might even have some of those leadership roles that I mentioned earlier in this post. Let’s hope.
The moral of this preachy post is that without taking these risks over the last year, I would not be the person that I am today. I wouldn’t be nearly as happy. I would not be developing into a well-rounded professional. I’ve mentioned mostly positive things in this post, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t experienced my fair share of failures. Not every day is a daydream. But I know that if I keep pushing myself to do bigger and better things, only good can come from it.