Guest Authored by Phoebe Lay - LHR 2018 Campus Outreach Coordinator
As college students, no matter where we are on our journey through UT, we tend to accumulate a lot of fear. I mean, who can blame us? In our first year of college, we experienced a foreign yet exhilarating sense of freedom, and for most of us, that first taste of independence can be quite scary at times. Even as we continue into our second year, third, fourth, and on, more fears plague us - the fear of failure, the fear of complacency, the fear of change. Am I in the right major? Am I going to have to Q-drop this class? Do I have a solid group of friends? Am I managing my time right? What the heck am I doing? There's so much that goes on in our college years - the delicate time which we spend striving to find our place in this big, big world.
As a second year pre-med student, I am no stranger to the fears that I mentioned above. So I get it, when you see that Longhorn Run table and those people wanting you to register––some fears might creep up to you.
"I can't run."
"I'm not fit enough to do that."
"I've got a million and one other things to do."
Although I'm only in my second year here at UT, I've learned that sometimes the best way to deal with those fears is not to run from them, but instead tackle them head on. Instead of letting fear consume you, break it up into small goals, and crush them. In 2017, I would have never considered running anything past my usual 10 minutes on the treadmill. Yet somehow I found myself registering for the 5K and making it a personal challenge of mine. Even though it might've taken literally 40 minutes, I did it. Even though I might've started the race running with a group of friends, stopped, walked, and crossed the finish line by myself––I still did it.
We're only four months into “twenty-gr8-teen”, and it's never too late to set new goals, revise your old ones, and push yourself to be the best version of you. Instead of running from your fears, tackle them. Whether that fear be academic or in terms of running longer than you’re used to, go for it! Run, walk, crawl, go slow––do whatever it takes to make this your year. You got it!