Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Advice for a College Tyro: Be You

One of the biggest and most important lessons I've learned from being in college so far is that most people tend to care less about what others think of them. Of course we all want others to accept us, like us, and think we're "cool", but truthfully, everyone is running on their own schedule, to the beat of the their own drum.

When I first came to college, I thought I was doing something wrong because I wasn't connecting with everyone. I was trying way too hard in the first couple of weeks to fit in with people I really just wasn't meant to be friends with. In other words, I didn't feel like me...

This is one of my all time favorite quotes.
We all want to be liked and have lots of friends, but sometimes it's perfectly okay to just be acquaintances. They're people you meet at college who think, say, or do things you don't believe in. It doesn't make either of you wrong, but you don't have to follow their lead. At the end of the day, as long as I am happy with who I am, that's all that really counts because you are your biggest critic, supporter, and friend at the end of the day. Staying true to yourself is hard, but lying to yourself isn't any easier.
Once I started to care less what others thought about me, a weight lifted right off of my shoulders. I'm still figuring out my niche of friends, but I'm look for the ones who love the me that I am. 
I learned it's more about the quality versus the quantity of friends you have. 

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