In my time in college, I learned that people will honestly love you for being different and for being yourself and to embrace who you are and NOT try to fill this mold that many of us strive to in high school. At the college level, no one really cares who you were (or weren’t) but want to get to know you for who you are. I think the confidence to be who you are and the understanding of this importance comes with maturity and age, and truly evolves during the college years for most people. Especially being away in a foreign country for a year before coming to Chambana, I learned to love myself for my differences and beliefs. Being with a whole new group of people, with not one that I knew previous to my year abroad, I learned to embrace other people’s differences, as well as my own. I realized how much I could learn from people with different upbringings and beliefs than myself. I also learned how much happier you will be when you are who you are, and not trying to fit in. Truly, you won’t fit in until you allow yourself to be who you are, say what you feel, and do what you makes you happy and satisfied in life.
Class of 2019