Hey guys, I really want to talk about the importance of “finding your niche” in college.
So I am an out-of-state student. I’m from Virginia attending Ohio University (and no, I didn’t stutter…OSU and OU are two totally different schools). I came to OU knowing one other person from the area in Charlottesville I lived in, but we are majoring in two different things and I never see him. So basically, I came here knowing no one.
It’s really awkward coming to an out of state school, especially going from a “southern” state (I use quotes because some people think Virginia is a southern state. I think it is, but whatever) to a mid-western state. Believe it or not, the lifestyle and culture is a lot different here in Athens, OH versus Charlottesville, VA. For example, and this might just be because we had dress code at my private high school, but “dressing up” for class comes second nature to me. It doesn’t make sense to me to wear sweatpants and a t shirt everyday to class. I mean, maybe once a week, but some people up here wear sweats every day of the week…and I’m just like, I have 7 dresses, 5 skirts, and numerous awesome blouses that I could mix and match the crap out of for an entire month.
Also, there isn’t much of the “southern etiquette” up here that I am familiar with. For example, the day I moved in, I kept saying, “Yes ma’am,” and, “no sir,” and the people who were helping us out were like, “Why do you keep saying that…like…stop.” That kind of thing just comes natural to me.
So yeah, it was pretty awkward coming to a new state that is so far away and that has such a different culture.
Last week, I was pretty depressed about not making many friends. I knew a girl from the synchronized skating team, and then my roommate, but that was about it. I was having a pretty tough time meeting people. Or the people I did talk to just didn’t seem to have interest. OR, like with the people on my floor, just seemed kind of immature. And y’all know how immature I can be…soooo yeah. Pretty rough week.
Anyway, that all changed last Friday. As soon as I stepped on the ice, I knew I had to be on the team, I needed to be apart of it all. Luckily for me, there were like 2 other girls trying out, so it all worked out! So I have all my new teammates, which is so cool because they are all kinda weird and interesting and totally awesome.
I also decided to get in touch with the sports editor of The Post, a student produced news paper that comes out, in print, every single day, which is sorta unheard of given print newspaper is becoming so unpopular, and I should, if everything goes accordingly, be published on Monday on a story about women’s golf. I will definitely have to take a picture of the section and upload it so y’all can see it!
Also, tonight, I attended a meeting for an online news magazine called The Speakeasy. I got to pitch my column idea to the editor, a super chill senior sporting the typical “journalist style” aka thick rimmed glasses, skinny pants, and a button down. Let me ask y’all a question. Have you been somewhere, or been doing something, and you just got this feeling…this feeling of like, knowing that that is where you needed to be, that is what you needed to be doing. You thought to yourself, “This is where I belong, and this is where I am going to succeed.” That is the feeling I got tonight at this meeting.
Guys, this was like, a revolutionary moment for me. Up until that point, I had been pretty depressed and discouraged about OU. But truth is, I hadn’t been to any meetings or anything yet and that was what made the difference. Finding a club or organization such as the campus newspaper, being involved in Greek life, trying out for a club sport, or becoming a member of a youth group, can really make the difference in college. I know it’s only been a week since I moved in, but I can already tell a difference in my attitude toward school. I have noticed I am more confident and more outgoing. Plus, it all keeps my mind off of missing the boyfriend, so thats an extra check.
So yeah, that’s my advice for the night. I hope you enjoyed it! And if y’all have time, comment below telling me what group organization you’re in! How did you get involved? What is the best part? If I get enough responses, I’ll put together a post of y’alls responses! Also, you don’t have to have an account to comment. Put your name, age, and if you want, the college you attend!
Happy blogging, y’all!