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Experience new environments before opportunity passes

They say that college is the time of your life when you are supposed to go out and enjoy all of the places and activities you want to see and experience before life takes over and it becomes too late. Every one of us has that one place where we have always desired to go, where we create new memories to cherish and look back on with a smile on our face as time passes us by all too fast. Luckily, I have found that college has served as the gateway that has allowed me to travel to new places and go on many new adventures.

One of the most noteworthy places that I got to experience this with was when I moved out to Colorado last summer. I worked as a day camp counselor at the YMCA of the Rockies through the Leadership Training program offered by h2o Church.

This was the first time I lived a far distance from home and it was a far cry from living on a campus only thirty minutes away. Even though I was homesick on occasion, and I struggled with my job as a day camp counselor, I still loved the thrill of being in a new place and teaching myself how to grow and handle situations in my own way that worked for me.

I have realized upon my many reflections on that summer in Colorado that every college student should live far away and on their own at some point to learn more about themselves in new environments that are different from at home. I am happy to know that I will not be walking in my graduation gown next year knowing that I passed up an opportunity to go away for a while, to be my own person in my own atmosphere, while still doing something that had a purpose: which, at the time, was working an education-related job to build up my resume. Whether it is an internship or a temporary summer job, college students need to jump on the opportunity to do their own thing in a new place.

After all, even if we college students move away for our first job, it might not necessarily be where our first choice is. But we will still at least take it because we are just that desperate to get a job in a time where falling into unemployment seems inevitable. Luckily, you can at least have the memory and the lack of regret if you choose to live a period of time in a new place—one that you might not get a chance to experience once your life in the real world truly begins after walking down the aisle at graduation.

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