4 Ways To Embrace New Adventures

4 Ways To Embrace New Adventures

Take a step outside your comfort zone and take a look around.


Since coming to college I've experienced a plethora of new things. I am not typically one who embraces change or steps out of my comfort zone willingly, and I do not always seek new opportunities or asks questions as I should. But that's what makes the college experience so unique. If you don't embrace change or seek new opportunities, you're left struggling to stay afloat in a sea of new faces.

There are a couple of things I've found to be helpful when thrown into new circumstances.

1. Embrace the change - get in the right mentality, first.

Mindset is everything. If you know change is on the horizon, start mentally preparing yourself for it. Attitude and outcome directly correlate. Going into a new situation with a positive attitude can dramatically alter the outcome.

Recently, I learned about optimism bias. Essentially, the optimism bias states that optimistic people are more likely to experience positive results. This is due to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Self-fulfilling prophecy is the idea that expectations cause individuals to act in ways that serve to make the exceptions come true.

2. Find ways to intentionally step out of your comfort zone.

Often times stepping out of our comfort zones can seem like the scariest thing imaginable. Most of the times we fear being dragged outside our comfort zone because we like control.

However, the best way to absolve this fear is to do the polar opposite. Take an intentional step outside your comfort zone, that way you are in control of your decision.

Deciding to step outside your comfort zone can be one of the most rewarding experiences. The amount of growth and confidence that come with hurdling a new challenge is immeasurable.

Start small and then build on each step. Next thing you know, you'll turn around to see you left your comfort zone miles behind you.

3. Ask questions.

More often than not, I like to sit back and observe. I'm not usually the one to ask questions, for I operate on the mentality that "someone else will probably ask my question." Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. So, recently, I've learned to start biting the bullet, and I ask my question.

It's okay not to know all the answers, so ask questions. You might just be surprised how much you learn.

4. Seek out new opportunities.

Try new things. Explore and experiment.

One of the things I've discovered in my time at college is that now is the time to figure things out. Now is the time to test new ideas and chase new adventures.

I have no idea what sort of career I want to go into post-graduation. However, I'm in the process of figuring it out. Through trying new things (like working for my school's newspaper and joining the Academic Integrity Council) I am slowing finding what I love to do. I am inching my way to the finish line, and I may not be taking the most direct route, but I'll get there.

The best way to find what you are passionate about is to embrace new opportunities and seek out new challenges.

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3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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