Being a college-bound student comes with a lot of frustrations especially when the study load is so heavy and you just start to feel so burdened and constricted. Every single day is spent paying attention to the lectures you may not be into or you are already familiar with. To make things even more arduous, there are deadlines and assessments constantly judging you by looking at what you manage to regurgitate onto the blank exam sheets from what you recall from the lecture room. All these typical college student stories sound like clichés, but this frustration of not realizing how to build a persona or an identity amongst our peers still remains common to most of us. Here below are what you can do to reveal who you are as a person and how you can grow as a student:
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Think about what you can be non-academic wise
We can always spend some of our time in college doing something that we usually feel engaged in. We can always opt to make the best use of our college years to identify our own capacities outside of the classroom when we are no longer being ‘graded’. As a matter of fact, excelling beyond the classroom has become a compelling factor for almost every college-bound individual since the testimonials, and the experiences received from extracurricular opportunities can top up their employability in the future. So, if you tend to complain about a demanding university life more often than not, why won’t you take a deep breath and contemplate about who you are the moment you leave that classroom?
Brainstorm what interests you have apart from your favourite subjects
Unfortunately, identifying who we are apart from being students is not an easy reflection. Most of the time, we are obscure about who we feel we are outside of classroom. Some individuals embody interests that cover a lot of different fields and usually end up juggling multiple commitments while some do not feel they embody any expertise apart from being the lecturer’s top pick. Some, on the other hand, try out a number of things but do not feel particularly enthusiastic about any. Different students have different struggles with trying to discover an authentic vibe toward something or simply put, a passion.
Fortunately, you are not the only one facing this kind of conundrum and a lot of people took long years to eventually realize their passion or their identity. Different people have different ways of trying to discover what their passion is and how to transcribe that passion into meaningful actions.
Think about how you want to portray yourself
When you think about your passion or a trait you want to identify with, always visualize how you would want other people to see you in the near future. Do you want people to see you as a community enthusiast who likes to help people through participating in welfare projects? Or do you want to brand yourself as a budding writer who loves to author genres of your choice? Or do you want people to see you on school posters as an athelete? You have hundreds of options you can think of so as to how you want people to consider you as and this simple self-reflection can give you a sense of what your identity will be outside of your classes.
Ask yourself how you want to spend most of your time
Do you usually happen to ask yourself or notice how you want to spend most of your time? Can you use about ten seconds now to really dig deep into your personal preferences or leisure time activities you usually enjoy doing when you have nothing else important to do? Now, supposing that you have an idea of what you usually love to do when you’re free, now take some more time to think about an activity that, even when you still have something else important to stick to, you still choose to engage wholeheartedly in. If you have an answer to both of these questions, it is very likely that you already have a passion developed in you.
Understand the motives behind your actions
We always do what we do for a reason – some out of willingness and some out of obligation. Try to sort out these actions and look out for the reason why you do what you do and in the process, you’ll discover that some of the things you’re undertaking do not really interest you but you’re necessitated to do so like studying a subject that usually bores you in class or enrolling in an art course that your parents want you to go to. Rule these things out and you’ll be left with certain things that you do with your own will, which we call ‘passion’.
See your college life as a limited opportunity
What excites you the most when you project your thoughts about your life over the next few years in your university? How do you see yourself in a couple of years or before you graduate ? What is your game plan before you enter the workforce and immerse yourself in a job that’ll probably consume the majority of your days? Try asking yourself these questions as you develop a perception of the things you can possibly do throughout the course of your tertiary education journey. Eventually but inevitably, you’ll become so urged to indulge in doing something really meaningful to you because your university days are not unlimited and try to pursue a purposeful activity that you never know you’ll even have a chance to consider after your graduate.
Your college years are the indispensable part of your life when you hold the right to do whatever you want. Spend some time to truly comprehend yourself and what you’re usually excited about within or without the campus. Try to identify a good way to make use of these ‘four’ years to get yourself out of the comfort zone and embark on a memorable pursuit that will always keep you driven, competitive and distinguished outside of your class.