College is a strange time for pretty much everyone; you are trying to create a plan for your future, while also doing the soul-searching required to find yourself. The dynamic of your life changes completely when you are left with no choice but to be independent. Lately, I’ve noticed a major difference within the people I’m constantly surrounded by. During this time in your life, what you value shifts entirely. The personal relationships that were once so surface level, mean nothing to you now. The relationships you create are much deeper, mature and meaningful. It becomes less about who has the cutest outfit, and more about who has the biggest heart.
Who and what inspire you? What type of people do you want to surround yourself with? What kind of life do you want to live?
It’s important to think of these questions at this age because life is simply too short to not surround yourself with those who motivate you to be the best version of yourself. As this whole process occurs, we begin to find ourselves and realize the kind of lives we want to live. We unintentionally and almost unrecognizably find answers to these questions. And there's usually a common theme within those answers: passion.
Whether it's the passion for a helpful cause, an organization, your loved ones or even Alpha Phi, exposing what you care about most to others has become one of the greatest statements a woman in our generation can make. I like to refer to it as "wearing your passion on your sleeve". Some of the most respected and successful women of our time are the ones who are confident and driven enough to share what their passions are with the world. They are fearlessly devoted in the most composed way; and people love them for openly being themselves. This is one of the greatest characteristics a woman can obtain. We are at the turning point in our lives that we could be or do anything we want to. There is no place quite like college to give you endless opportunities, knowledge, and inspiration.
Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? What’s stopping you?
Whatever it is that lights that spark inside of you, becomes a part of who you are. It is what makes you unique. It should not be bottled or hidden; it should not be tamed or tailored. It should be shown and appreciated because the joy it brings to you, will influence others. The glow in your eyes when you speak of it is how people will remember you.
So, how would you like to be remembered?
If you haven’t found this powerful connection and passion yet, that is perfectly acceptable. It is enough to simply be passionate about life.
Katelyn Pulio is a collegiate member at Missouri (Omicron). Learn more about Katelyn by clicking here.