I am entering my senior year at Syracuse University as a Nutrition Science major, with 3 additional minors in public health, biology, and exercise science. Originally from Newburgh, NY, I grew up in an atmosphere that was half suburbia and half city, with a whole lot going on. I can’t sit still and like to analyze how things work; this, therefore, led to my interests in sport and nutrition sciences (now I just have to figure out what to do with it). I also enjoy art and, even as an adult, still love all things Batman.
It sounds like it’s just an uplifting catch phrase, “oh be yourself and everything will work out”- yeah, right. But, in college, I’ve experienced people who struggle to fit in on a level that exceeds lying about your favorite band. I’ve seen people drink themselves sick and treat the person they love like crap, just to fit in and be cool. The majority of people think this sounds ridiculous, but especially at large private institutions some people think they need to fit a profile. DO NOT make yourself suffer to fit said profile.
Being yourself doesn’t mean to stick to what you know either. College truly is about expanding yourself and some teachers will even leave aside part of your curriculum instructing you to go to an event which you normally wouldn’t and write about it. Despite the pain you feel in the moment, ending up at an event you don’t like will not kill you. Also, it is expected that as a student you have many obligations, so leaving (in a polite manner) is always an option.
The “be yourself” rant applies to friends to. Are you a diverse person? You’re allowed to have different groups of friends. I love my best friends, but many of them studied something entirely different from me and very similar to one another. It ended up being frustrating at the end of every day to listen to them talk about their days and their concerns with studies, and not have anyone there to share with; so, I branched out. It doesn’t mean you care any less about those people, it just means that sometimes you need something different. The same goes if you’re sick of hearing about your major all the time.
In the end, college is about trying new things and being true to yourself. I witnessed the personalities mentioned in the first paragraph graduate college and turn into entirely different people once they were gone, claiming they were themselves again. You don’t want to spend your entire college career struggling with morals and regrets. Try things, make your own code, apologize for mistakes, keep your friends from home if you want, or exhume that part of your life. As long as you stay true to yourself, nothing is really ever a waste of time, even if you change your major six times or go through fifteen best friends. Be open and do you