It’s the start of new semester which means new classes, new teachers and a newer timetable. But there’s also still the chance of making new friends, facing new challenges and having new experiences? How? You ask. Well it’s simple really.
Get out of your comfort zone!
Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking. It’s not that simple. Putting yourself out there makes you embarrassed, vulnerable, afraid, it’ll set you up for disappointment but it’s could also be so much more that all of that other stuff. You mightn’t be as happy, as comfortable and as fulfilled as you’d like to be in college. You might not like a few of teachers, your classes, your ‘friends’, your accommodation but you’re the only one who can change that. Once you get started you’ll almost immediately see the benefits of getting out there and being involved. It’ll be easier. So message those clubs and societies you admired at the start of the academic year and see how you can get involved. If needs be drag a friend you trust with you to a class, a meeting or just a chat.
You have to get out there. There’s absolutely no point sitting around and waiting for things to come to you. It doesn’t work like that. As the infamous Shia LaBeouf once said ‘JUST DO IT’
Back in September when we all started back to college we perhaps all had this grand notion of how the semester and even the year would turn out. It’d be exciting and crazy and fun. Maybe you managed to do everything you planned to do. If that is the case, then well done. But if you didn’t, don’t worry there’s plenty of time left for you to get more involved in university life.
The next question I put to you is why didn’t you do it all? Maybe you were nervous, afraid, still a bit apprehensive, shy or none of them. It could have been a concoction of reasons but they all accumulated into you not doing everything you wanted to do.
If you can recall the first fairs day, you probably managed to spend over a tenner on all the great clubs and societies the college has to offer, fully convinced you’d do it all and ultimately you didn’t even make it to any of their AGM’s. You’ve still not made that many new friends. Instead you’ve spent your time studying, procrastinating, partying, sleeping, eating, watching Netflix, everything but what you set out to do at the start of the year.
College is an amazing time to try out all of those crazy things you’ve heard about or dreamed of. I certainly didn’t do everything I hoped I would do but I do plan to work that bit harder in making an effort this semester. You can have your pick of the clubs and societies. You shouldn’t worry about what you look like, what people think of you or why you’re doing it. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing that is all that matters. Now that you’ve been sufficiently convinced by me, go and get involved!