What I have realized the last five years is that getting out of my comfort zone is crucial for growth.
With school starting soon, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to write about but while I was at work, the thought about reaching out of my comfort zone came to me. It is kind of funny but back in 2013 when I was a college freshman, the last thing I wanted to do was do anything that was out of my comfort zone. I liked the bubble that I put myself in; talking to the same friends I had the last four years of high school, spending my weekends with my parents and so on. However, when I introduced myself to my seven new roommates at my new dorm freshman year, I knew that I had to start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. I was able to get to know some people that year who I am still friends with today just by getting out of my comfort zone. It is a scary thing, but it is definitely worth it.
Honestly, I thought that it would stop there, meeting new friends in college and that would be it. Oh, I was wrong. A couple years later, I decided that I wanted to be more involved on campus to which I joined Alternative Breaks. If you do not know, it is where a group of 10-12 students go volunteer somewhere in the United States either during their Christmas or Spring Break. It is not just volunteering but being completely vulnerable to complete strangers for a week. That is something that I do not like; being vulnerable. That is one thing that I regret on my first trip was that I wish I was able to do; let my guard down more. One thing about college students that I know for sure are that they are the last people who are going to judge. Though, when it comes down to it, I absolutely loved all three trips that I’ve been on.
No, I did not stop there.
That is when I decided to study abroad in London for a month in the summer of 2017. It was the first time that I was flying by myself, first time overseas, and first time navigating in a foreign country without my parents. It was also the best decision that I ever made. I was able to do something that I did not know I was truly capable of. Meeting friends from all over the U.S and knowing that this is their first time studying abroad did give me a little bit of comfort knowing that I was not totally alone.
Fast forward to the next school year, I wanted to make more friends and connections, but I did not know exactly what I wanted to do.
This is where I joined a sorority on campus, Phi Sigma Sigma. It still kind of blows my mind that I joined a sorority in the first place; I always laughed at the idea of me joining one until I did. I am so thankful that I did, I have found my future bridesmaids (if I ever find the one), various volunteer opportunities, and it forced me to manage my time.
You never know what you may come across in life, but I say take that leap, pop that bubble, and get out of your comfort zone.
You will find that there are endless possibilities outside of it just like I did. You never know unless you try. Now it is something that I crave, something that I want to keep doing for the rest of my life. Getting out of my comfort zone is still not so easy for me at times, but it is a challenge that I now like to try to tackle. It could be something as simple as telling a random stranger you like their outfit, or as big as going to a different country to study. Whatever it may be, I’d say go for it.