Hello, my name is Nephtalie Lesperance. I recently graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. My main passion is Psychology but on my free time I enjoy writing on my personal blog, making music with my guitar, and trying to find new ways to serve my community. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology and publish a few books based on my many adventures.
Rome was not built in one day. It took decades of strategic planning, creating, imagining, inspiring, implementing, and fighting to make it one of the greatest empires of its time. The same can be said about you. Even though right now you are still in the period of learning and you may not know 100% what you may want to do, your time is coming. You have the ability to become someone who is successful and great in their field as long as you are willing to put in the time to invest in yourself. Here are a few ideas of how you can do so:
1) Attend Campus Events: At least once or twice a week try to engage in extracurricular activities like art shows or special lectures that not only promote networking and raising awareness on your campus but also help in opening new areas of interest. Often times, it can be easy to get so caught up into school work and performance that we forget that our time in college is also a time of self-exploration. You will never really know who you are and what you want out of life if you do not take the time to fully explore all that your college has to offer you.
2) Connect with Accomplished Pioneers: At your school, you usually have access to a variety of scholars and practitioners in your field of interest. Do not be afraid to ask them questions. The only way you can truly learn and know more about what you want to do in the future is by asking those who know more about your field than you do. This is usually your professors and advisors or they can be other local leaders of your community.
3) Enrich your Mind with Literature: When you can, try to make time to read books outside of your required school reading that can help not only stimulate intellectual thought but also help enhance your vocabulary. I know this is a tough one to do seeing that we often have so many books to read per semester, but even if you only do it during the breaks, over time you will see that it can help you so much as a future leader, as a communicator of ideas, and as a student. All it takes is a willingness to challenge your mind.
4) Have a Good Sphere of Influence: We are heavily influenced by our peers. In light of this, it is important to surround yourself with other people who share similar goals and aspirations with you because they can often be a good source of inspiration or encouragement especially in moments when you may feel like giving up.
Finally, do not forget to have fun. Yes, there will be times in your college life where you will really have to buckle down to write an excruciating amount of papers or have exams that you have to cram for, but when the opportunities arise, go out. Try to take time and explore the city in which you live in; attend concerts and sports events; and if the opportunity allows, go somewhere abroad to either study or site see. Let the world be your oyster. Try not to let all of your time in college just be about planning your future. Because as much as you may not see it now, your present is equally as important in your development.