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The winds of change

October 2, 2017

GATSON

 

Starla Gatson

Editor-In-Chief | sjg021@latech.edu

 

When I was younger, I used to fear the unknown. I fiercely loved the familiar and was quick to reject anything that seemed out of the ordinary. I was so certain if I held fast to the things that made me feel comfortable, they could not slip away from me.

 

I refused to believe that change was inevitable or that some things were simply beyond my control.

 

During my senior year of high school, I was constantly warned of how different I would become after starting college. And with each warning, I rolled my eyes, certain things would remain constant.

 

I could not have been more wrong.

 

When I arrived to Louisiana Tech for my freshman year, I discovered everyone had been right all along. My life was suddenly very different than what I was accustomed to, and it terrified me that I had no control over the things that happened to me. I was in a new place surrounded by people I did not know, and I had no idea how to adjust.

 

That year, I became hyper-aware that change is a part of life, and realized it often occurs in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it’s unsettling and brings about sadness, frustration and anger. Change can be a scary thing, but the older I get, the more I learn to embrace it.

 

Not every change is negative, however. I look back at the person I used to be, and I immediately become grateful for the changes I had to endure. Without them, I would have remained stuck in my old ways, and a lot of the friendships and opportunities I have now would not exist.

 

I have learned that true growth cannot come without some kind of change. If one is trying to change his outlook on life, he must change his attitude. If someone wants to change his grade point average, he must change his study habits and work ethic. Any level of growth, big or small, comes from a change of heart, situation or perspective.

 

We, as college students, live in an ever-changing world. Our schedules, friend groups and maybe even our majors and career choices will change.

 

As the current school year continues, we will be faced with more changes than we can count. Things may get overwhelming, but we have to keep things in perspective, as a major part of life is learning to adapt to the different seasons of life that will be encountered.

 

I no longer fear the unknown or what I can’t control. I admit, sometimes change intimidates me, but I no longer run from it. I embrace it. With change, there is growth, and in growth, there is strength.

 

Starla Gatson is a junior communication major from Farmerville who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk.

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