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  • Winter Quarter Blues

    With the winter season in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often lead to second-guesses and detachment.

    The, at times, dreary Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.

    While most everyone goes through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact with on a daily basis.

    Whether this time of detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.  

    "You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."

    While his quote addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you happy.


    Austin Porter | NSM


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