The Importance of Moving Forward

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Written by Mikayla Borchert

 

As a college student, it is easy to feel stuck. The time that we spend as undergraduates is transitional and uncertain. We are not children, yet not quite adults; “graduated,” yet not ready for a career; free to make decisions, yet still largely dependent on our parents. Many of us commute to campus from our parents’ houses or at the very least return for the summers, often working the same summer jobs as we did in high school. We are stuck.

 

In this blog I express what I have learned through my personal experiences with growth and change. I believe that much of what I have found can be applied by others who find themselves stuck as well, but everyone’s life path takes different turns, and many people may not feel stuck at all.

 

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As a transfer student, this fall has been my first semester at the University of Minnesota. Although campus is only thirty minutes away from where I grew up, the past few months have felt completely new. During this time, I have reflected on the feeling of “stuckness” a lot.

 

It is easy to remain in a routine, sticking to the things that are comfortable and familiar (for me, this would have been staying at Normandale Community College and living at home). However, I have found that sucking it up and making big changes is the only way to keep myself moving forward. Change can be terrifying, especially when it requires financial resources, so it’s logical to avoid upsetting the order of our lives. Moving forward in my own life required me to take out more loans than I wanted to, but how can we achieve our goals without taking any risks?

 

It is important to note that everyone has a different level of ability in what changes are possible for them. A change of any size is a step toward the future, and small steps are still steps. A risk could be quitting an old job that doesn’t apply to what you’re interested in anymore or taking on more financial responsibility to move out of your parents’ house. It could also be something as small as redoing your resume or applying for a job in a new field. The level of risk and the number of changes completely depend on what your goals are--personal or professional. You have no way of knowing if those efforts will work out, but they certainly won’t unless you motivate yourself to try. Continuing to do the same things that we did when we were eighteen does not help us achieve new goals or grow out of our stuckness.

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As a managing editor at CLAgency, I get to read stories every day about students who are making changes in their lives to achieve their goals. As a new student, I have witnessed CLA’s dedication to making sure its students are ready for the future. Continuing to move forward throughout our lives is one of the most important things we can do to ensure self-satisfaction. Finding the motivation to go for what we want can be hard, but sometimes staying stuck is harder.