“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. ”
~ Cadet Maxim
I love reading quotes like this. Their like little sparks of inspiration for oneself to go above and beyond. When I started college I had a set of goals I wanted to accomplish. I haven’t accomplished them all but I can honestly say I’m on the right track. Here are some that I’ve accomplished so far. As a freshman I wanted to get involved as much as possible since I was very involved in high school. That’s what I did once club fair day came around I was there. I joined two clubs and ASI (Associated Students Inc.) Programming. I didn’t stop there. My second year I joined another club and my third year I joined a sorority (Alpha Pi Sigma) something I thought I would never do. Everything I’ve joined has been a good experience where I’ve learned a lot and has made my college experience a million times better.
Second, was to get an on-campus job or work-study. I was blessed with two jobs my sophomore year. I remember thinking how cool it would be to be one of those tour guides and it happened. I got hired as a University Ambassador and still currently work there. Shortly after I got offered work-study and started working at the Teacher Education Department. The nice thing about working on campus is the flexibility both of my jobs have, They go with my school schedule and are very understanding. If I ever need to miss work because of school related activities or study time they understand. I’m also able to build connections with professors and staff that work on-campus.
Third, to be on the student spotlight in the school website. When people go to the university’s website you see the student spotlight section. I always thought it would be cool to be one of those students. This past summer I was able to be one of the student spotlights. It was very nice to get approached by people to tell me they saw me on the school website.
Fourth, meet as many people I could to create friendships and memories. Through this past three years I’ve met many good people. Starting from roommates, sorority sisters, classmates, and club members. I’ve been able to built beautiful friendships with some who have become a big part of my life.
Fifth, pursue dancing is some way or form and I have. My freshman year I took a dance class which was really fun. After we had a dance concert where I was able to perform. After I was able to perform at the Arts Festival in February for 2 years in a row. Then I took an Intermediate Jazz class and performed at the Spring Concert again.
Finally, one that is a dream of mine but I wasn’t able to pursue it when I wanted to. Now, I’m close to accomplishing it. This summer I’m STUDYING ABROAD in Spain. My friend and I officially bought our airplane tickets last week. Originally, I wanted to do it for a semester but due to several circumstances I wasn’t able to pursue it. I’m very excited yet nervous for this summer. I can’t wait to experience a new country with different customs, food, and culture.
As the quote above states about taking risks and dreaming has been a reminder to help me take the risks and overcome the challenges I’ve faced in college.
Wish me luck this summer!