Back in 2011, my senior year of high school, I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to college, mainly because I doubted myself. While I was steadily applying to schools, I still could not imagine that the next chapter in my life would be going away to college.
I knew that if I wanted to go away to school, I was going to need a little help getting there. I made it a priority to regularly sit down with my school guidance counselor and my Aunt who had just sent her son off to college. With their help and encouragement, along with some determination and hard work, eventually everything worked out.
My Aunt encouraged me to go away to school but told me to make a decision that I was comfortable with. She told me that only I could decide what was best for me. After hearing this, I pushed the doubt out of my head. I knew that I wanted to go to college to make myself and my family proud.
I got into several schools and even though I didn’t get into what I thought was my dream school at the time, I knew that when I picked Western New England University (WNE) I had found myself a new place to call home. Once I got there, I was determined to excel in college. I wanted to make my time there last.
I knew I found my niche when I decided to pursue communications. My hard work paid off and my grades showed it whenever I received letters for my placement on the Dean’s List, the President’s List and eventually membership into honor societies. But my time at WNE wasn’t just about academics. I met a lot of new people, some of whom have turned into my best friends.
I remember my Aunt telling me that it seemed like I had made the right decision. It was true; I had happily proved myself wrong.
I am truly glad that I was able to get past my negative thoughts. As it turns out, I learned a lot about myself along the way. I am now able to acknowledge that I have the tendency to second-guess myself. The experience taught me to always keep a positive mindset in order accomplish the things I know that I am fully capable of doing. My doubts have turned into my motivation.