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The Standards of College

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Written by Laurel Moore

There are many times throughout my life where I’ve felt as if I was always trying to live up to a standard. Whether it be comparing my grades to others or comparing things about myself to other people, I usually always end up feeling bad about myself at the end. At the age we are at, there are so many opinions to worry about and images to compare ourselves to, and we often lose sight of the big picture- doing/being something you love. 

Regardless of what that might look like for you, one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was to be myself and be okay with where I am at in life. There are 7 billion people on this earth and there are so many ways we could compare different aspects of our lives to theirs. 

If we take a step back and focus on our personal growth and personal happiness, then the world would be a more positive place. Even if that involves being a little selfish sometimes. That might include cutting certain people out of your life or changing career paths 16 times. Everyone is going through life at their own pace and that is what makes us all unique. Whatever is right for you and helps you be happy should be the only concern we should have. 

This concept of self-focus is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I have learned throughout my life, and I especially find it important on a college campus. If you focus on yourself and your growth and stop comparing yourself to others, you will see a more positive outcome with the things happening in your life. 

So, take a deep breath and clear your mind of things that are hindering happiness because, trust me, life is better when you do.