There is no right or wrong path in college. We all make our own decisions based on what we think it right. Some focus on school, while others balance both school, work, and being involved on campus.

Having not lived on campus, I struggled to learn my way around MSU. During my first year, I went to class and once I was done for the day I left home. It was pretty clear to me that that wasn’t the way I wanted to remember college. In the summer of 2013, I joined the Spartan Remix Committee and met Meaghan Kozar (advisor). With her help, I joined APASO and got involved in activism, outreach, and the Asian American community. That right there was the start of college for me.

You could say after being bored my first year, I wanted to get involve and do more. I wanted to be a part of student organizations and to meet other students. But sometimes being too involved can be a bad thing. I was trying my best to balance sleep, class, studying, student organizations, and work that I started to fall behind in everything. I wasn’t putting full effort in what I was doing. I pushed out until the end of my second semester and took a break from everything to focus on school.

I don’t think of my struggles as a bad thing; I took it as a learning experience. I learned what it meant to be a leader, a mentor, and a fighter. I pushed to get the full college experience with work, school, and extracurricular activities, which all eventually lead me to understand time management, my purpose and values, and why I was in college.

I think it’s important to get involve because it’s how we get to learn about ourselves, learn new skills, and meet people. I learned that I am a fighter and I don’t like quitting even when things seem like it’s the end. I was once told that I was insane because I kept doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I learned that sometimes my curiosity gets the best of me sometimes. But these are all the things that make me ME! And through the many years at MSU, I’ve grown to be the best of me.

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