You should always prioritize your community. If there’s somewhere you want to be, somewhere you feel will suit you better, you should do whatever you can to get there. The community I’ve found at UCF has cemented in my mind that finding your place isn’t so much a solo endeavor as a team effort, and it’s well worth the time it takes to get there.
– It was a long process for me to find exactly where I fit in at UCF. I tried out different majors and different student groups until I found what felt right for me. Luckily, I had professors and friends that were able to help me talk through my decisions and support me when I decided to take risks. Writing and Rhetoric being the perfect community for me has only been affirmed as time has passed.
Coming to a new home or a new school can be incredibly intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be scary or lonely. Being an RA has allowed me to meet other college students who might also be at UCF, have similar interests as me, and some who might even be in some of my classes. I never saw myself becoming a Resident Assistant, but I ended up finding a lot of cool people that are shaping my college experience.
Offering words of encouragement helped to redirect my attention away from my problems and onto lifting others up. Offering support, cheering others on, and celebrating accomplishments goes a long way in building solidarity in a group.
College is jammed full of exciting opportunities and resources that can benefit both your college and future careers. But it starts with taking that initial step to branch out to find your place not only in your career path, but in the world itself.
Knowledge is power and when we fail to recognize the existence of these inequities in the education system, we lack the competence to be able to adequately address existing issues, and the issues continue to persist. To eliminate inequity, we have to recognize America’s past regarding race, meaning we have to come to terms with it, including how it’s affecting our children today.