Dare to be

There is nothing wrong with going outside of your comfort zone and looking for ways to improve. As I enter into my second year at NOVA and prepare to transfer to a four year institution, I think on how important it is to take advantage of all of the resources available to us on campus.  I’m not just talking about the library or the tutoring center in the CG Building, I’m referring to how important is to have personal connections with students, faculty and everyone else in general.  It sounds very funny to me when people tell me or ask me, “Antoinette you are very reserved,” or “How did you run for VP?” I usually smile to them because I have learned that we have to seek, we have to fight, we have to conquer, we have to work, we have ask, we have to get out of our comfort zone and  overcome obstacles to accomplish our goals. I may get nervous, and get the whole package that comes along with those feelings but I have the confidence to deliver and to make things happen. I know I’m not the only one, and that makes me feel at ease too. I took a CST class with Professor Davis last spring semester. It was a productive class and I was able to go to the Oral Communication Center in CM 363, to practice for my speeches. I learned that you don’t have to be an extrovert to establish relationships, if you genuinely care and pay attention to your non-verbal communication you can connect with others very easily in a professional manner. So far NOVA has opened my eyes to a bright future and I’m enchanted by the endless possibilities.

“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli

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