The last 4.5 years have been the best of my life. But it didn’t start that way.
When I entered college I was so stoked for the best years of my life, but what I was greeted with was anything but. I spent most of my nights alone studying in my room. I didn’t find my home on campus. I saw other kids who seemed to be having the best time with their college friends, and I just wasn’t.
So I studied. A lot. 20+ hours a week. I got a 4.0 my first semester. And that was cool, but only for like a second when I got excited about my hard work paying off. I would have traded that in a heartbeat for feeling like I had college friends I could turn to for anything.
That was a really really hard mental battle to go through. It was easy to just accept my position of isolation, and for two semesters I did just that. Don’t get me wrong, I went to events, parties, and all that; I just didn’t form lasting, meaningful connections. True connection is what I was missing. So I kept searching for it, and meanwhile I kept studying.
Finally in my third semester, I became a Camp Texas counselor. It was a pivotal moment in my college experience. I was finally surrounded by unique, weird people who accepted me as I was, made me laugh endlessly, and gave me a home on campus. I saw these people nearly every day. They were all so different, people I never would have met otherwise. And I’ll be forever grateful.
The effects of finding my home on campus transpired into every facet of my life. I became more confident in myself and in my passions. Soon after, I began making weekly live videos on fitness/nutrition topics; this was the start of my content creation journey.
Whether through direct feedback or subconscious self-perception, I felt less like I was judged and more like I was being enthusiastically supported. That positive affirmation allowed me to embrace my passions for both fitness and content creation. Without friends like the ones I’ve been blessed with throughout college, my life pursuits probably never would have landed where they have.
So if you see anyone pursuing something they love, tell them you believe in them. It just might change their life. #HeartOfALyon