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How College Made Me Grow

Posted on 11/3/2016 4:59:36 PM by Cecelia Heckman

In high school, I thought I was extremely involved. Oh, how wrong I was.

I’ve always been the type of person who keeps busy, gets involved and takes on many different opportunities. However, it wasn’t until I got to college that I actually realized the true meaning of leadership and being busy.

Though leadership skills are something a person develops throughout their entire lifetime, I can truly say that college has taught me in a very short time how to be a leader.

In high school, I had a fear of putting myself out there in situations where I would not know the outcome. While I do think that I took every opportunity I could in high school, I was nowhere near the person I am today.

Currently, as a junior in college, I have already been involved in student government, multiple nationally-recognized honor societies, all of Cabrini's communication department media (television, newspaper, and radio) and much more.

My first semester at college, I was tasked with setting up and running an arts and crafts event for one of the clubs I had just joined. Nothing major, just buying some arts supplies, advertising and sitting in a lobby while students came to de-stress.

I was terrified. Planning an event on my own? I had no clue how to get people to attend, but I also didn’t want to seem like I couldn’t handle the responsibility, so I took it on.

The event went extremely well, and gave me the confidence to continue growing, eventually assuming the various leadership positions I listed above. 

Nobody knows exactly what he or she is doing when they take on a new position, and nobody knows exactly what will happen. I want to thank every opportunity I’ve had so far in college for pushing me out of my comfort zone and into the person I am today.