Week 13: Be Yourself

find your niche

"Don't let anyone tell you how to be you."

— Erin Brown, Kent State FlashGuide studying Human Development/Family Studies

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Erin Brown

Your Parents and mentors have a point: don't be a follower

Ignore stereotypes of what you should do in college. Do the things you enjoy and join the groups that fit you. Conform not to molds, but to your sense of self. Kent State truly does offer something for everyone, whether you are a bookworm, a techie, a gym rat or love one of the many things in between.

Ready to try something new when you get back to campus after Thanksgiving break? Check out these resources if you haven't already done so:

  • Our Get Connected section, with a focus on popular student events and calendars.
  • The Center for Student Involvement and its 370+ student organizations, some for fun, some with a professional flair, some with both.
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Student Center, which is dedicated to providing the students, faculty, and staff at Kent State University with education, training,and resources that cater to the gender and sexual minority community and its allies. 
  • The Student Multicultural Center, which serves as a university and community resource for African-American, Latino and Native American students. It provides educational, social and cultural enrichment opportunities to help students cultivate a sense of belonging and community at Kent State University.

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Looming deadlines are at the top of the list. Finals are really, really close. It's a good idea to set aside some time over Thanksgiving break to put together your study plan for when you get back to campus. Better yet, invest an hour or two each day over break to start reviewing your notes for upcoming exams or start an outline for that paper that is due.

Not traveling home for the winter break? Wondering what to do? Consider applying for winter break housing. Applications open Nov. 1.