What I’ve Learned This Year - Anderson

By Anderson Nelson on September 13, 2013
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My first school year at Kennesaw has been a life-altering experience. It never occurred to me that I could change to such a degree in a short amount of time.

When I first came to college, I was a shy, quiet kid afraid to tackle life head-on. But now I am tackling life not only head-on but also with confidence and authority. In the process, I discovered traits about myself that I did not know existed.

It also caused me to pause and discover what I truly want to accomplish in life. I believe that I am closer to finding out who I truly am.

Discovering myself

I believe that we discover more about ourselves during college than in high school. During my first couple months in college, I decided to place myself in situations that I was uncomfortable with and where I had problems performing in the past.

As an example, I joined the presentation team for the iSchool initiative. I had always been the type of person who dreaded public speaking; when it was my turn to give a presentation my heart rate increased, and throughout my time up there I kept on wishing that it was time to go back to my seat.

What I realized during my time on the presentation team was that public speaking is not something to be feared; public speaking is one of the few opportunities in life where people have to listen to what you are saying. If you mess up in your speech, the audience will not know and you just move on.

Anything is possible

I realized that there is nothing that people cannot accomplish if they are dedicated to it. I was dedicated, became a better public speaker, it paid off, and the benefits are tremendous; it gave me the confidence to audition for the Students in Free Enterprise presentation team.

During all of my activities, I found out a lot about myself that I did not know: I was good at leading a team, dancing the Bachata, and playing billiards and spades. I came to the realization people can accomplish whatever they put their minds to, and where you are today doesn’t determine where you will be tomorrow.

I also love the aspect of being surrounded by people who are different from you. Having all those experiences this year caused me to pause and decide what career path I want to pursue.

I always saw myself as an investment banker or a financial analyst, but now I see myself doing something different, something that encompasses all those aspects that I enjoy in life. I still try to keep my mind open to changing it.

Change is something inevitable in life, and it can be for better or worse. But you are the only one who can decide how you will be changed.

Change wisely; the person you change will be the one staring at you in the mirror.


 Check out the following videos where our writers share their most
important piece of advice to their fellow students:

¥ Sharayah Le Leux: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9qvMYFOogA

¥ Ariel Benjamin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idSlfYUCq_s

¥ Jordan Sweigart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CV_J9zjRVo

¥ Megan Lynch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUDIvjeadS0

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