“Don’t Sell Yourself Short”: Advice to my Younger Self

My college experience has taught me a lot of things about myself as well as about other people, and has impacted my outlook on life. In high school, I spent too much time worrying about what other people thought and said about me, and that is when the ‘bubble’ started to develop. I became very shy and quiet, all around introverted and that really took a toll on my self confidence.

I have always known what my dream career would be, but then people would throw around words like “college” “university” “degrees”, and giving their own opinions like “only take academic courses” “take that and you won’t get anywhere” “you HAVE to have a 95% average”. It was terrifying, being only sixteen I wasn’t sure I was ready to make the necessary academic changes to prepare myself for the next 60 years of my life! I started to dwell too much on what other people were telling me I could and could not do, which led me to close doors on dreams and goals I had at the time.

I had teachers, friends, and family that I looked up to suggesting I go to university, college or to directly enter the workforce. Often times they would change their mind and contradict the advice they had just given me! I didn’t know what to do with myself, and the more time I spent thinking about it, the more I felt like there wasn’t anything I could succeed at, I thought I wasn’t good enough.

Do you ever have those days when you wake up and you feel like there isn’t a thing in the world you couldn’t accomplish?

That was the type of day that changed my life!

I had been mulling over what I wanted to do in my life, having taken a year off after graduating high school to figure things out. One morning, on a whim, I decided to apply to college. It did not matter how I felt the day before, it did not matter what I had been told by everyone else. I had a goal in mind and it did not matter if it was meant to be or not, I was going to try!

Here I am, two years later, writing this blog to show others how time can change your perspective and help you find your path. I am now going into my second and final year of my program and I have loved every second of it!

Despite how I felt at sixteen, and despite the confusing advice, I have succeeded in all I have set out to do since coming to St. Lawrence College.

College has been an eye opener; it has encouraged me to take chances, try anything and everything, and to have confidence in myself. The professors and faculty at the college are constantly encouraging me every step of the way and I am so grateful to have them in my life.

So my advice to my sixteen year old self would be: don’t sell yourself short based on the opinions of others. Everyone has an opinion, but you need to trust your own judgement and know that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Try new things, strive for your goals, and you will get there!

-Cassidy Baker, Police Foundations Student at SLC Kingston