My Advice for Freshman: Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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Hey everyone,

Hope that your week is wrapping up well, I know that mine certainly is! My blog post isn’t going to be a novel this week simply because my advice for freshman is just one quote, one quote which I adopted as I was going to college and changed my life forever.

Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Trust me, I know it is hard. When I came to USC almost four years ago I’ll admit it was one of the scariest decisions of my life. Going from a graduating class of 100 people in the middle of rural Massachusetts to an undergraduate population of around 17,000 in the middle of one of the largest cities in the United States. Ohh and did I mention that I didn’t know anyone in California, let alone USC. I came to a college that I had never seen before stepping onto campus during orientation just because I had a “feeling” that it was the right school for me to grow tremendously at. My decision to come to USC was one of the scariest of my life but you know what, it was one of the best decisions of my life because I have grown so much and become very independent. Getting outside of one’s comfort zone is hard to do. It’s easy to stay stagnant, it is easy to follow the crowd, and it is easy to do things a certain way because that is how they have always been done. However, I have learned over my time here that you sometimes learn more from your failures than your successes, and you definitely learn more when you branch outside of your comfort zone and dare to try something different. So my biggest piece of advice for freshmen are to get involved in many organizations, some of which you wouldn’t have ever seen yourself joining, dabble in different classes to expand your knowledge, stand up for what you believe in but also don’t be afraid to explore and refine your core values during your college experience too.

College is a learning experience. Learning about facts & figures, leadership, collaboration, but most importantly learning about yourself and who you want to be after your collegiate experience.

Have a great weekend,

Brenton

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