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Don't be afraid of a blank slate


Cassandra Wuerstle,Editor-in-Chief

For a lot of people, the first few weeks of college can be exciting and daunting. The new experiences and feelings of growing up can be thrilling, but as people quiet down and reality sets in, many people find themselves overwhelmed by the emptiness of it all. 

For the first time in your life, no parents are telling you what to do, your peers that you grew up with aren’t watching your every move, and you get to choose what you do with academics and free time. It’s a lot of freedom all at once.

But that freedom and blank slate while intimidating should be exciting and embraced. For the first time, you get to choose who you are. You aren’t stuck in any boxes that may have labeled you before; for the first time you get to decide who looks back in the mirror at you in the morning.

 Maybe you’ve always wanted to write more, or be a workout junkie, or perhaps you just want to be a nicer person, now is your chance. Start making time for the person you want to be, because if you start now with some dedication, by the time you walk out of this place, it will be part of your new personality. 

College is all about growing both intellectually and personally. Either way in four years, give or take, you’re going to be walking away a different person than when you started. It’s easy to just ride the wave and let college dictate your plans for the next few years, but if you want to walk away with something more than your education now is the time!

There are so few times in life where you get the luxury of making dramatic changes without chaos erupting, and this is one of them. I’m not saying you have to decide right now, and it’s not a change you are going to see right away, all I know is I wish someone had asked me, “Cassie when you were little what kind of person did you want to be? Are you that person now? Do you like who you are? Because now it is time to become that person.” 

It’s not hard embracing new parts of your personality. Sometimes all it takes is joining a club, or taking a random class you think looks interesting. Sometimes it comes in the form of new friends who are entirely different than you. 

For me, it was joining the newspaper and making writing a part of my everyday life. For another peer of mine, it was putting his past behind him and recreating his life around meditation and clean living. The man who walked away with his degree was utterly unrecognizable from the boy who had entered. 

So, if still reading this, take a look around you. Who do you want to be when you leave here? Got an idea? Good … go and enjoy this precious time you have to learn about yourself and the world around you, and become the best you!