I moved around a lot during middle school which meant coming into high school I didn’t have many friends. This affected me throughout high school, I was never able to settle into one friend group and instead floated around. Once I got to college, I made it one of my goals to get involved so I could meet new people. I did community college first but there were still opportunities to get involved so that is exactly what I did. Was I crazy nervous? Absolutely. Was I so shy I barely talked to people? OH yeah. However, I started by joining the business club and student government during my freshman year. By sophomore year I had been elected Vice President for both. And when the Student Trustee dropped out, I was the first to volunteer to step in. This meant I had to attend every board of trustee meetings where I again was made to step out of my comfort zone. I was the only student on the board so I had to ensure the student voice was being heard among all of the older community members that had been elected to be on the school’s board. Again, was I nervous to speak up? Heck Yes! What would a sophomore in college know? I kept asking myself this and questioning my abilities. However, slowly I began to speak up and share my thoughts, which everyone seemed to appreciate and helped the other board members hear students’ thoughts. In my term, I helped bring to light issues with our college workout center and have the student space that had been requested for a while finally happen.
Turns out all you need is to have confidence in yourself. I did the same thing when coming to Whitewater, I joined a few organizations and eventually found my home in AMA, which I will talk about more extensively in another post. Point is, I know it’s hard but do not be afraid to get out there. Become comfortable in the uncomfortable, challenge yourself, and push yourself to try new things. You have good ideas, have confidence in yourself to share them because I am sure they will be appreciated. Don’t get me wrong, you will fail or there will be things you join where you will not fit in and that is okay! It took me trying different organizations to find the place for me and find my best friends but I would not do anything differently because each step in my path has helped me grow and made me the person I am now. A person that is confident, has no fear in speaking her mind and is constantly willing to try to new things.