By: Marissa Humayun
Learning and growing. I guess that would be the common theme of my time here at Miami. Learning, of course in the classroom, but unexpectedly much more outside the classroom. Learning about life, relationships, friendships, the importance of family, how to face rejection, how to stay humble in your successes, trying new things, and letting go of old things. Each of these things I learned how to grow from. Taking pieces of the past to shape your future. Making sure that nothing you do goes without some sort of take away.
If I were to give an underclassman advice, these are the things I would say:
- Try new things
One of the coolest things I was involved in throughout all 4 years at Miami was Global Business Brigades. If you didn’t already know, Global Business Brigades is a national organization that sponsors service trips to Panama, Honduras and Ghana to improve the economic stability of third world communities. I was a freshman at Mega Fair, very overwhelmed by all the ways I could get involved in here. I randomly stumbled upon the booth for Global Business Brigades, went to the first meeting, and from there, started an incredible journey with this organization. I went from a general member, to Director of Recruitment, to President, and all of that would not have been possible if I didn’t try something new.
I urge you to try something out of your comfort zone. I had never been to a third world country by myself before! That scared me! However, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.
- Find a mentor
If it is your mom, call your mom. If it is your boss, have a sit-down meeting with them. If you connected with a certain professor, go into their office hours. Having people in your corner will help you through the tough moments of college. Whoever it may be, a mentor will have great advice for you, will be another ear to listen, and willne who knows YOU. I have had the fortune to find mentors in my boss, Monique Frost, and some fantastic professors here. I will always carry forward their words of advice and suggestions for my future.
- It is okay to do things by yourself
I remember that was the weirdest transition when first coming to college. You are used to eating all your meals with someone, going to class with someone, always having someone. College will be the place you become independent. It is okay to eat by yourself. It is okay to take a class by yourself. It is okay to join a club by yourself. Be adventurous! This is the perfect time to do so.
- Pick your friends wisely
I have had the fortune of making a few really quality friendships here at Miami, but that is due to how selective I was making friends. Put your time into people that care about you. If your gut is telling you different, listen to it! Surround yourself with people with similar values to you. And remember to lean on your friends, you are not annoying or needy or anything when you ask a friend for support. That’s why they are your friend!
- Focus on balance, not perfection
This is advice my mom has given me since Day #1. Balance is key. There is no sense creating more stress for yourself, or making yourself unhappy for any reason. Be observant in your day to day, and if something is creating undue distress in your life, balance it out in whatever way you think is best. Long term, you will be so happy you did.
College has its ups downs, no doubt about it. No matter what though, you are learning and growing. Reminding yourself of that will make the 4 years you have on this beautiful campus so much more enjoyable.
Be humble, be kind, and soak up every moment here! Thanks for reading 🙂