In my first year, I was a caterpillar wrapped in a cocoon, focusing only on my classes.
The transition from high school to university wasn’t easy for me. It might be because of the cultural difference I experienced in moving to a completely new country, or the freedom one receives in University, nevertheless, it all seemed too overwhelming. In my first year, I was a caterpillar wrapped in a cocoon, focusing only on my classes. It was a perfectly monotonic life and to be honest, there is nothing wrong with that. Grades are one of the most important aspect of one’s university life, but what’s equally important, at least in my opinion, is the development of your personality and gathering practical skills that would be useful in the real world. What helped me realize that, and to work towards making the hazy shadow that my personality was into a rigid outline, was getting involved in various activities throughout my academic years, even if they were out of my comfort zone.
I learned where my interests lie and what makes me happy
Everyone has those moments, which when looked back at, they would like to change. But there are also those moments, which they would cherish forever, because they affected them positively. For me, that moment was in the summer of 2014, when I first decided to get involved. I had finished my first year of school, trying to get used to that Engineering course load while meeting all the deadlines. Lassonde had decided to start its own frosh week, i.e. Week Zero and was seeking leaders for that. I saw the email and ignored it like I did with every other email I received. 1 week before it started, a few of my friends forced me to apply and I reluctantly did. That week made me realize that there is much more to University than academics. I learned to make new friends, to lead when time came and to speak up in front of a crowd without worrying that they would be judging you. I learned where my interests lie and what makes me happy when I started helping out with the events, planning and organizing them as needed. I had finally reached my metamorphosis.
Figuring yourself out is not as easy as it seems.
There are a lot of skills inside you that you don’t even realize. Doing activities out of your comfort zone will help you know yourself better. One of my professors back in high school kept mentioning this ancient Greek quote all the time, “Know thy self.” We used to make fun of him, but now I realize what it really meant. Figuring yourself out is not as easy as it seems. You can only realize your hidden potentials and interests once you experience different things. There is a thin boundary between academics and extra-curricular activities, and it is essential to find the right balance between them. These experiences will help you decide what you really want in the future, or for the matter of fact, what you don’t want. Not knowing where you’re going towards is not necessarily a bad thing, it only means that you’re still in transition to figuring yourself out, and what’s better than the process of elimination?