Deep thoughts #2

2. Who are you? In comparison to who you used to be. What made you change?

Who am I? Ahh, this is such a loaded question. There is no simple answer, and really, aren’t we all constantly evolving? I’ve always been the same person deep down – same values, morals, etc. – but since I’ve left for college, I feel that I have grown a lot more intellectually. I’ve become more introspective and reflective. I think about things more, in regards to how experiences impact lives. I am also a lot more aware of myself and the relationships around me. I have developed a deeper appreciation for my family that I didn’t know possible. I guess that’s what happens when you move away and don’t get to see your loved ones everyday…I have realized how much they truly mean to me. What’s the saying? Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I don’t know, college really has been a journey so far. I feel myself changing for the better, slowly discovering (or creating) who I am. I’ve met so many different people, particularly in my sorority, and learned a lot about backgrounds, feelings, where people come from. We are all connected somehow. It’s amazing how one simple display of emotion can make you instantly comfortable around someone you just met.

I learned a lot going through my first sorority recruitment this past fall, actually. Being on the other side, having to talk to the new girls with a constant pressure to keep the conversation flowing was incredibly nerve-racking. But you know what? It was all about being genuine. We are all people, after all. Once I identified something I had in common with a girl, it was on a roll from there.

So in conclusion, I am constantly learning and becoming who I am. Since being in college, I think I have realized what it means to be so curious about something that you take your own personal time to read up on it. That’s me with social media – once my professor mentioned it last year, that was it. I had this “Aha!” moment and was instantly intrigued. I bought Socialnomics, probably the first time I read a non-fiction book that wasn’t for school, and want to share it with all my business classmates.

College is such an invaluable experience that I am so blessed to have. It all goes back to my favorite quote from one of Oregon’s business advisors: “It’s not what you become, it’s who you become.” That, my friends, is why I am here today.

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