College can be overwhelming.
Actually, let’s be for real…everything in life can be overwhelming. It’s pretty simple to start feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders and before you know it you’re drowning beneath a pile of problems you didn’t even know existed. Most of us have been there or have at least gotten a taste of how it would feel to be there.
In college, your whole world is turned upside down. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful thing and an experience that I wouldn’t trade the world for. But still, your whole world is turned upside down! And through it all, you search for that one thing that is stable, that one thing that you know will always be the same. Here is where my 2 cents come in:
If you let it, this change, this collegiate re-birth can be the most fantastic gift that life will ever throw at you. The key is to stay true to yourself. I remember saying this to people applying to the College this past summer and the more I said it, the more I realized that I was just reminding myself of the same fact. It doesn’t matter that I have been here for 3 and some years, I’m still the same impressionable, vulnerable-to-change, JB that I was when I first entered here.
William and Mary has been such a fantastic, almost magical experience for me. That magic too, though, at times becomes overwhelming, much like anything in excess. So, my fellow Tribesmen and Tribeswomen (and those that I know I will be so proud to one day call tribesmen and tribeswomen) remember that our collegiate identity, our collegiate experience is the combination of each and every one of ours’ individual identity. If we all let the College define us, then we would stop being true to the very thing that makes this place so special. Remember that when things get tough and when it seems like everything is changing, you still have yourself to count on, yourself to rely on. That is not to say one bit that you will not find the most inspirational and compassionate people during your time here. By being true to yourself I mean, let’s go back to the basics—let’s go back to who we are.
It is in this way, that we will learn to come to peace. Take one step at a time, one day at a time and one experience at a time. Nothing is too overwhelming if we remember to live life at our own pace.
This has been my experience, at least. And as I get into my regular oh-my-God-I-am-leaving moods, I just thought I would share.
…at the end of it all…even if you find my post pointless…let Rumi inspire you:
“You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”
–hasta next time