Maybe it’s the rare sunshine that’s currently streaming through my dorm room window. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve actually gotten all of my work done for the day. Maybe it’s that my sniffles are starting to go away and I’m feeling less like Vanier’s very own patient zero. Whatever it is, today I’ve been finding myself thinking a lot about the future.
It was my dream to come to UBC throughout high school. (Seriously, I knew the UBC website so well that I could’ve probably given a campus tour without having ever actually visited.) I couldn’t really explain why, but I always felt like this was just the place where I belonged. I had so many big dreams for myself, so many ideas of what I was going to accomplish. Now, I’m finally here, and that hasn’t changed; I still have all these dreams. If only I could figure out how to go after them.
UBC is a massive campus, with over 300 clubs and thousands of involvement opportunities. It’s awesome that there are so many things you can be a part of, but it can also be crazy overwhelming, especially if you’re still struggling to adjust to classes and living away from home. There are so many things that I want to experience and get involved with over the course of my time here, and it’s almost impossible to decide where to begin. Dance team or yoga club? Vanier Musical or Vanier Ultimate? Longboat or Storm the Wall? CLASS or SLC? There are so many choices to make, so many paths to choose, and my biggest fear is that I’ll be so scared of picking the wrong one that I’ll just stay where I am, watching as more decisive individuals pass me by.
When I start feeling like this, I need to take a step back and remind myself that, as cliche as it sounds, this really is just the beginning. Everything seems to move so fast here, but the truth is, I’ve barely even lived here for a month. I have four years, maybe even more, ahead of me. That’s four long years to try different things, to meet new people, to make mistakes and learn from them, and of course, to find my path, not only at UBC, but in the world. It’s okay that I don’t have it all figured out just yet, because it’s true what they say: getting there is half the fun.
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