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Being Myself: What I learned Freshman Year

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lasell chapter.

Entering Lasell University I was a bundle of anxiety, excitement, and nervousness. Reflecting on my freshman year all of these feelings were valid for a new student. However, this past school year has been the best school year I have had. The overall key to my success has been truly being myself. 

Many people tend to accidentally or purposely change their personality to make friends in their first week of school. However, after a while, these friends will never stick. Meeting people authentically leads to more valuable friendships. I have also found I am making unique friends that I would have never formed if I was not being myself. 

Secondly, truly being yourself can help in academics. In reflections or discussions in class, finding your voice and letting your personality shine through helps professors and peers get to know you better. It creates authentic work. 

Although college is typically shown as a social space, alone time is a huge part of college. If you are unhappy with your true self you would never be able to survive the individual time in college. I have grown comfortable with myself by taking myself on “me-dates” to get coffee or shop at Target. 

This past year has been a rollercoaster. It feels like yesterday I was moving into my freshman dorm room with my parents. I have grown immensely by allowing myself to be truly authentic. I am so excited for next year to grow further and learn new skills and lessons.

Isabelle is a Sophmore Elementary Education major at Lasell! She also is working towards her minor in History. On campus, Isabelle is involved in HerCampus, Habitat for Humanity, Tomorrow's Teachers, and Empty Bowls. Her hobbies include yoga, listening to Taylor Swift, and thrifting!