New Kid on the Block

Freshman, oh freshman. Whether you’re still in high school and on your way to the college of your dreams, or already there and trying to learn the ropes of your new institution, I can reassure you that this will be one of the best years of your college experience. Everything is new, exciting, and fun— I mean everything. Yes, there are still classes to go to and tests to take, but this year is your chance to reinvent your “high school self” and begin the journey of becoming your best adult self. It can be quite daunting at the thought initially, but with time you will come into your own and learn even more about yourself right along with learning the course material required of you.
Freshman year is a great time to search and experiment to find what you like, and more importantly, what you don’t like. What are your interests? What do you like to do for fun? Find extracurricular programs at your school that will suit your interests’ needs and get a foot in the door. Finding a program or group of people that have similar interests as you can help a great deal as you adapt to your new college life. Since you are considered the “new kid on the block”, here are a few tips about how you can get started on creating or reinventing your personal brand.
1. Make a list of 3 things that you want people to feel/think/say about you when they hear your name. Then, list 3 ways you think you could get people to think/feel/or say the things you listed. 2. Your “things I need to do to accomplish those listed goals” list should simply consist of you DOING exactly what you want to be known for/thought of as. 3. Practice the same behaviors over all platforms that contribute to your newly budding personal brand. This means that your behavior should be consistent with who you are in and as a person, and in online interactions via social media especially. For more tips, visit the Get Advice tab.

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