Dear College student: Prepare for the journey of growth

Dear College student: Prepare for the journey of growth

Sep 5
Debra Korte, Teaching Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education

Celebrate! You’ve survived the first week of the 2017-18 academic year. You settled into a new place to live, you found all your classes, and you are beginning to understand the ebb and flow of campus.

In addition to attending class, fulfilling obligations with RSOs, and enjoying time with your new friends, be aware that part of the college experience also includes a journey of growth.

You are not alone in your journey. Pay attention to the people and experiences around you. Some people will help you battle through the growth experience, while others may limit your growth potential. Step away from the experiences and people who limit your potential; hold tight to those who inspire your growth.

When you face dilemmas, acknowledge the challenge as a space for growth. In that growth space, you will find strength. Sometimes that strength is accessed from deep within your soul – a place you have neglected or forgotten. At other times, the strength may come from friends or family who are willing to provide support when you need it most. And sometimes, you might find strength from people and experiences you never expected to cross your path. Whatever the source, you will find the strength to work through any challenge you encounter in the journey of growth.

Growth can be uncomfortable because it involves struggling and stretching, releasing and removing. Rest assured, growth will happen – probably when you least expect it. Pay attention to the experiences and people who help you grow. Give yourself permission to grow. Embrace that uncomfortable growth space between the person you are now and the person you have the potential to become
Signing day
Kaity Spangler, freshman year and senior year.