I hardly ventured away from my social circle outside the General Education Honors Program since it was in my comfort zone. However, that changed this school year.
I joined two other organizations on campus that I’ve become quite involved with: PRSSA and The State Hornet.
I’m not sure what prompted me to go out of my social comfort zone as it has always been intimidating. I’ve always been in the habit of blending in the crowd, rarely bothering to say or do anything that would draw attention to me. But both of these seemed like good opportunities, and I admittedly signed up for each spontaneously.
With each challenge or opportunity that has come my way, two simple words, “why not,” have guided me, and are definitely the reason why I’ve pushed myself to try and do things I never would’ve done in the past. Aside from feeling more fulfilled, I believe this new motivation along with my increased involvement has helped build my confidence in a way that I haven’t felt before. As cliche as this sounds, I truly do feel like I’ve become part of something bigger than me.
It hasn’t always been easy. I admittedly have a difficult time becoming comfortable around new people, and actively trying to make new friends as an introvert takes effort. But it’s definitely been worth it. Now I leave you with a challenge. Whenever an opportunity comes your way, don’t automatically dismiss it if it seems too difficult to take on. Instead, try asking yourself those two simple words: “Why not?”