Once upon a time, there was a freshman in college. She had no idea how to study, no idea how hard college actually was. All she wanted to do was go on her next adventure: the college social life. She went to fun parties with her roommate and friends, she joined every organization and for a while, everything was going great. Until her first round of tests came…
She failed most of her classes that first semester, and barely scraped by her second semester of college. Her sophomore year was spent trying to stay afloat. "Fake it till you make it" was her motto, and she could barely look herself in the mirror. She was lying to her friends, her family and ultimately herself.
At the beginning of her junior year, she met with an advisor, who promptly asked her, "What the heck are you doing with yourself?" This advisor was the first person to see through the façade that she put on for everyone else. She asked the college student what she enjoyed doing, what she was good at. The college student said, "Well, my teachers said I was always good at writing." It was during that meeting that the college student first learned what blogging was.
At the encouragement of the advisor, she began her "blog", just writing down random thoughts and feelings through a private account. She told no one about what she was doing, until one day, she made it public. And then one day she got her first comment, her first social share, and was accepted to her first blogging community. And all the while, her grades got better as well as her outlook on life.
"She was lying to her friends, her family and ultimately herself."
That college student? Yeah, that's me. My freshman year of college stripped me of so much. I lost my confidence in my academics, my social life and overall: myself. By the time my junior year came around, I was contemplating dropping out of school because I just couldn't get the hang of it. I couldn’t understand how my friends loved school. My parents had me enroll in a "Study Skills" class, a remedial class for college students who couldn't pass their classes. I am so happy that this advisor handed me the tool that would literally change my life.
My life has been irrevocably changed through starting a blog. It's nothing like people think it is, which is exactly what I needed, and has changed 3 major aspects in my life.
- Blogging has given me confidence. Since starting my blog, I've had a unique opportunity to share my viewpoints on the world with a number of people. I've been given the chance to hone in on my skills and use them in a new way. This has given me such a confidence that I haven't had before.
- Blogging has given me new skills. From Photoshop and design to coding and SEO, I have gained so many skills that I would have never dreamed of having. These skills have not only been helpful with my blog, but also with finding internships and experience.
- Blogging has given me myself back. During my freshman year, I was outgoing, social and more adventurous than I had ever been. Once I learned that my GPA was actually important, I became withdrawn. I was resentful of my friends who were able to succeed, ashamed of my own screw ups. Blogging became therapeutic for me, a way for me to express myself in a new way.
If you've ever thought about starting a blog, it has the potential to drastically change your life. I've found it to be so worth it, and I'm thankful that I stumbled across it. I would encourage anyone to start a blog because of the positive influence it's had in my own life. Take the plunge, start blogging, and let your voice be heard. Not only will you make a difference in the lives of others, you'll change your own life as well!