In a few short weeks, I will make the transition from student to alumna. It’s been a long journey, but in the end, it’s been one worthwhile. As anyone will tell you, college is all about learning and subsequently growing. For me, one of the major ways I grew was coming out of my shell, and that, more than anything, is something that is going to help propel me into my life after college.

Every opportunity I have been able to utilize during my college experience has come from talking to people. If there is one piece of advice that I am at liberty to give, it would be to reach out. You never know what someone will say. Perhaps, you’ll just have a funny conversation, or perhaps the person will tell you about a major that you hadn’t really considered before.

Either way, I urge you to try it. Get to know all types of people. Not only will your life be more interesting, but if you are lucky, getting to know these people will lead you down a path you never could have imagined for yourself.

For me, it was talking to my FYS mentor that actually got me involved in the journalism program, which, in turn, has provided me with incredible opportunities. Though I have become a better writer, I have also become a more confident individual. I am grateful to have pursued a degree that required me to get out of my comfort zone and approach people I never thought I’d know.

Learning to talk to people and having the confidence to do so is one thing I gleaned from my Pacific experience, and though it came about as a side effect of my major, it is something every Boxer should take in to consideration because you never know where it might lead.

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