As many of you know, I am in college, at Indiana University (IU). It is my fourth year here and I can happily call it my home away from home. I am so happy here with the friends I have made, opportunities I have had, and just being in a perfect college town. Every time I am away from school, I am excited to come back, and I don’t know that everyone feels that way.
Thinking about someone else not feeling happy or at home at IU has been on my mind a lot the past couple of weeks. I can’t even imagine that feeling because of the great experience I have had here. However, I doubt everyone feels that way. I want everyone to love IU, enjoy going to class, enjoy the weekends, try all of the food the town has to offer, and explore the nature that is all around.
Thinking about this has made me want to be friends with every single person who may not be the happiest here or feel comfortable at college. I want to show those individuals all of the things I have mentioned that myself and many others love about the school. More than that I want everyone to feel included, happy, and supported. I have no idea how to even begin to do this on a large scale. I don’t know how to show everyone feeling sad or lost at IU how to embrace it and love it as their home. I do know being kind and helpful to others on campus and off campus is a good start. Even the smallest act of kindness can impact someones experience. I challenge all of you, in college, or not to be kind to everyone. Just because something has been good for you, it doesn’t mean it has for everyone. I feel like this is a little obvious, but I am not sure that everyone truly acknowledges the experiences of others.
I love my school and my second home. It makes me sad to think someone else may not feel the same. Be kind to others and remember you are not the only one in the world, or in this case, on campus.