Monday, March 4, 2013

Why you should experiment in college

First of all, if you think I'm about to talk about anything raunchy, sexy, or alcohol-related you will be sorely disappointed.

Okay, so now that I've got three of you still with me, here is what I mean by experimenting in college ;) ....

I just got back from the library and I feel giddy with excitement. As a child, there was nothing I loved more than perusing the shelves for the latest Betsy and Tibby or Amelia Bedelia book. I still roam that same library, and while my books of choice have changed, the elation hasn't.

I put books on hold a lot, but what I love most is the aimless wandering, judging books by their covers and the first few sentences on page one, and deciding whether or not I want to give it a try.

I usually leave these wanderings with a stack of books so high I can barely see over it. And usually, out of 10 books I'll only really love one.

But it's in the search of that one that keeps me going. I can count on my hand the books that have significantly affected my life and altered my perspective - and most are books I never would have read if I hadn't walked down an aisle and randomly chosen something I'd never heard of before.

You should do the same thing in college. Search for opportunities. Wander your campus and read the flyers. Experiment with different clubs, interests, internships, and classes. 

Even if you try out ten new things and only one works out, it could be the one that changes your life and your future forever.

I know that sounds dramatic, but I can honestly point to a few key random moments (and people) in my college life that without which I would not be where I am today. And looking back, I would have never encountered those opportunities if I hadn't experimented with different things, many that didn't work out. 

Roam your campus. Meet people. Take advantage of every opportunity. 

It just takes one. 

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