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Why College Made Me Love Myself

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

Four years ago, I had no idea that I would be truly happy with who I am. Back then I was lost and merely traveling through life instead of really living it. I did not know how much college was going to change my life.Image Source

It wasn’t a sudden change. I did not wake up one morning and notice that I felt drastically different due to some event that had occurred. I simply realized that my life had gotten a lot better and that I loved going to college. Unfortunately, I noticed this wonderful tidbit about the place I adored during the last year of my college career.

Learning how to live on your own is no easy feat, yet college introduces the scary idea to its students in a peaceful and comforting transition. I never really felt alone when I noticed so many other people around me adjusting in the same way. I also began to comprehend that people were not all that different from me. Our struggles and life battles made us a family and with that, I became much more adapted to my own independence.

As if adjustment to the new living environment wasn’t enough, some of the most difficult classes I have ever endured tested how I thought about my career and myself. I stayed with my biology and psychology courses, but more importantly I realized that the classes became easier when I had more confidence. This made absolutely no sense at the time, but it was the beginning of learning that I needed to be confident. I needed to love who I was and the decisions that I made because I wanted to be happy. I made the decision to be happy once my eyes were opened up to it.Image Source 

The fact of the matter is that it is the people who I encountered here that changed my life. I have encountered the most incandescent friendships and more love than I ever could have imagined. Although there are a few people who are not on my contact list after college, each person helped develop my personality and realize traits in myself that I either want to embrace or let fade away. All of the people that I have met have made me into a better person. However, the best part of this experience has to be that I have learned how to be happy and how to be confident after college. 

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