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Stepping Outta Your Comfort Zone!

October 27, 2017
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    Solange Rodrigues

by Solange Rodrigues ’20, Dance BFA major from Rochester, NY


Hey! My name is Solange, and I am a sophomore dance major!  I’ve learned so much since being here at Purchase College, and I thought I’d share some of it with you today.

I’ve learned that college is a time to find yourself. You may think you know yourself…but you don’t. College is a great time to try new (safe) things, meet new people, have new experiences, & STEP OUTTA YOUR COMFORT ZONE.   

Stepping out of your comfort zone may seem scary and uncomfortable, but I promise it’s worth it. It can be a massive learning experience, though if you don’t ever try anything new, you’re not going to grow.  Getting out of your comfort zone can spark new interests that you didn’t know you had, or you could learn that you like something you never thought you would. It can open doors to new opportunities.  


Exploring Broadway

For example, (being a dancer) I have many different goals for my future, but I never actually considered Broadway. I always thought it would be cool, but I never considered it because I am not at all comfortable with singing, and the thought of singing alone, or in front of a crowd severely scares me.  HOWEVER, with a lot of thought, I decided to take a giant leap of faith and sign up for a Broadway workshop. I even contemplated skipping it, but I went and I am unbelievably happy that I did. It was so much fun, it gave me more confidence, and made me reconsider taking the Broadway path somewhere in my career.  

All I’m saying is that trying something new can really open your eyes to more possibilities. Staying with the same old routine can get boring and monotonous, while change is good and exciting! Now, not every experience is going to be a good one. However, that is all a part of the learning process!  Like I mentioned earlier, if you don’t ever try anything new, you’re not going to grow.  You have to be willing to take some risks!



Trying something new goes hand in hand with taking more opportunities in general. My personal favorite interpretation of that is meeting new people, preferably people outside of my major. This year I have met so many people, and made so many new friends and I couldn’t be any more thankful for having crossed paths.  Meeting new people and making connections is really beneficial especially at college because it opens doors for discovery and collaboration.  There are so many different majors and interests at this school and it can be really cool to find other people that you can possibly work on a project with, or even just chill with!  

So basically in a nutshell, college is the time to venture out and learn! Try a new sandwich, join a club, write a book, break a world record, play an intramural sport, find a new buddy, pet an ostrich and… LIVE!