Before college was on my horizon, I was the one who always stuck to my comforts. Ever since I can remember, I would rock the high ponytail on the daily, sit in the back of the classroom to avoid attention and be terrified to meet new people. I knew I needed a change in my life. Observing my peers as their confidence radiated throughout their daily lives, I knew this was the key to the change I craved.
As applying to colleges came around the corner, I took a chance and applied to somewhere where I never thought was for me. That opportunity took me thousands of miles from home, down to the Midwest. The night before I left, I cried and begged my parents to not let me go. For this was my first leap out of the comforts I've grown accustomed to. As I sat on that plane, not knowing what to expect, I decided that this was where I was going to leave my mark.
My freshman year, I took chances that I never knew I was capable of. From joining the poms team without prior dance experience, to becoming a part of a sorority, I have never ever been so happy in my entire life. For each chance I took, I learned some valuable lessons that I believe would benefit those who are about to take that same leap of faith.
1. Confidence is key.
Stand up straight, smile and don't be afraid to voice your opinion. People are drawn to those who appreciate themselves.
2. Sit in the front of the class.
I know, sounds terrifying. But trust me, this is the best thing you can do for yourself. Not only will your grades improve, but you will actively participate in conversation. And although you might think that your opinion does not matter to the rest of those around you, I promise you, it does.
3. Take a risk.Do something that scares the $&!# out of you. I guarantee you, this is probably the most important lesson learned. As my dad once told me, you miss 100 percent of the opportunities you don't take.
With that being said, for all the lessons I have learned throughout my two years of college, for the first time ever, I am thrilled to see what the future holds.