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“I’d say don’t stress so much about who you are or what people think of you because in the end everything turns out fine. Just be yourself and carry along. Make mistakes, you’re bound to make mistakes and…just like, fall in love, fall out of love, it hurts like crazy but it’s something [a learning experience] that you should go through. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I know a lot of people can be really hard on themselves, myself included, and in the end you just [prohibit] yourself from doing so many things or from being happy. Sometimes happiness is not the person that you’re with or the friends that you’re with, but it’s yourself, it’s within you. It’s all about who you are and how you make your own happiness and success. Success is not money, or the house that you’re in. I came into this country with a bag in my hand, you know, and from there we evolved into having an apartment and then having a house. Sometimes you’re so scared of change, and of letting go of some things you need to let go of because you think “Oh my gosh, I’m going to lose my house or oh my gosh, I’m going to lose my job.” In reality when you think about it, it’s like you came here with nothing…at all, only a bag with papers that you had to give to the airport, so sometimes you just gotta start all over if you really need to. If not, then build your own happiness. You don’t need to be moving around to be happy, sometimes you might relive the very thing you were running from in the first place. It’s just how you build your happiness that counts.”
– Jennifer M.
“I would tell them to try to experience as much as they can. To meet new people, to travel, because that’s one of the most important things in life. [Learn] as much as you can learn from [your] own experiences, [because] that [has] the most worth. I think that’s very important, and when you seek [that kind of knowledge and experiences]…*laughs* it’s so hard now to talk about this… When you seek for experience in that sense it’s so interesting how you become more educated. In this age I recognize how that’s important for me, how I want to learn more and more. When I was a kid, everything that I learned in school, by that I mean learning from someone else, was not enough! But when I started to learn by myself it’s so..I don’t know, I want more and more. I want to travel and I want to talk to other people, and every time when I talk or see something I am thinking in that way that I am learning something new.”
– Melika K. (International student from Bosnia and Herzegovina)
“I would honestly tell them to be respectful to everybody and anybody, because that is one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate when people are disrespectful. I know we were talking about this earlier, but it really gets to me because as a teenager I was disrespectful to my mom’s fiancé and I feel like that impacted me negatively and I feel it impacted him negatively and then all the people around us. I think that if you just see where people are coming from, you don’t have to understand it, you don’t have to know what’s happening in their lives, [you will find] that with respect comes positivity. And if you can learn something from everybody you encounter, I think that’s important. Yeah, respect and then learn everything you possible can from anybody even if it’s somebody you absolutely hate, I think that you can learn something from everybody. And I think that having so many diverse people around you is so important, and I think that it creates a sense of community with people that you don’t know. You can learn so much from everybody and I think that helps you later on in life where it doesn’t put you in this box where, I don’t know, you’re not confined to yourself and the way that you feel like things should be.”
– Emma C.
“What I would have liked to have been told by someone if I was in a group of people, you know looking at it that way, is that we should strive to be very open and flexible and accepting of change. I feel like change in its purest essence is a very hard thing to go through. Change in general like moving or new friends or new places are very hard to go through, but I feel like it’s important as individuals to be accepting of it, because we’re part of societies. If we as individuals are accepting of it, then societies will be accepting of it. I’ve found that every time I’ve gone through change and I went with it and I was accepting of it and I changed the way I thought about things so that [my mentality] wasn’t so rigid, I felt very fulfilled [afterwards]. Because sometimes change is going to happen, you can’t stop it. So, personally I think having that trait, that ability, that skill set, throughout me it’s going to help out anything else that I do. It will really help me live my life to the fullest and experience the most I can. A change that is going on right now that I think affects us directly is this whole global thinking, because of the internet. This right now is all about exchanging ideas and mentalities with people, that’s causing a lot of change. Back in the day, sometimes it was years before you heard anything, any innovations and things like that. You didn’t have internet you know, word spread really slowly. So things are really changing a lot. Life’s theme is change you know. That’s personally what I think.”
– Johan B.