The Gateway Magazine - September 2020

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Growth is also a part of university. Part of the reason students feel pressure to pick a lane so early is because we’re scared to make mistakes or we’re afraid of failing. Roy’s advice to other students who may be feeling this way is “everything is going to be a pain in the ass... but do what makes it being a pain in the ass worth it... don't let the fear of regretting a course change stop you.” I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near making the permanent decision about what to do with my future. University is such a short amount of time. Four years is nothing when compared to a lifetime, but it’s also dense with expectations and a seemingly razor thin margin for error. Truthfully, I don’t know what I want. I thought by third year everything would click into place, but my academic career is still loaded with uncertainties. University is daunting, and attaining a degree is a herculean undertaking. It’s important to remember that no one can predict the future, and whether you’re a new or returning student, not knowing is okay. It’s okay to just try what you can, learn what you can, and stay open to whatever comes your way. Part of learning how to walk on your own in the world is walking on untrodden ground, and it’s okay to not always know where your current path will lead you, but it will be interesting to find out. g


“Give it a bit of a chance before [giving] up... make those connections and then you start to feel comfortable in those spaces..." 


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