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Get out of your comfort zone

March 5, 2013 by Ian Perry   

If you’re constantly in your comfort zone, then you’re not trying hard enough.

Chances are that you have interests outside of what you consider yourself good at. Instead of just going through college doing what you know will make you comfortable, take some risks. Put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. If you don’t, then you’re not taking advantage of what Cornell has to offer. There are over 900 student organizations on campus. Nine hundred. Join some just because they sound cool, even if you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.

Not good at writing? Take a creative writing class.

Shy? Take an oral speaking class.

Engineering student? Take a film class.

Film student? Take an engineering class.

Don’t miss out on all that Cornell has to offer just because you think you don’t belong in that situation. If you feel uncomfortable because you’re the only engineering student in a psychology class, that’s good. Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to become multi-faceted, learn a ton, and meet lots of new people that you otherwise might not have crossed paths with. Sometimes having a major can feel restricting, and it may seem hard to take the random classes that sound very interesting, but won’t count towards your degree. Find a way. Sit in on the class, join a club that is centered around the same topic, work on a side project. There are many ways – choose one.

Stress can suck, but stress from being out of your comfort zone is what will help make you even more awesome.


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