Find your passion. Find yourself. Get involved.
A student’s years at college are a time for many different opportunities: academic growth, social expansion and perhaps most importantly, self-discovery. With each incoming freshman class , there are students on this campus who are going through an analogous time of self-discovery. According to Katy Murray, Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) Student Body President, that is why it is important to reach out to other students and it also happens to be how she discovered her passion and fell in love with this campus.
On her first visit to the UA, Murray felt right at home amongst all of the other students on the campus. “The students here are so genuine and just so passionate about what they do,” says Murray. “They get excited when you ask them questions and when you want to become a part of something that they are a part of.” For many incoming, out-of-state students (Murray was one herself), it can be intimidating to get involved. Katy took it upon herself to turn her intimidation into a new challenge. “I think it’s a cool challenge as an incoming college student to really find out who you are because college is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and to discover yourself.”
So, what did she do?
For Katy, this meant going to every football game; becoming a part of the Honors College, joining Greek life and really getting involved in anyway that she could enhance her time here at the UA. Murray, who had little student government experience in high school aside from assisting at homecoming didn’t quite know what student government was about here at the UA. That was, until she made a decision to help out at the annual Spring Fling carnival her sophomore year. What sounded like a fun opportunity to gain some marketing experience led to her discovery of a whole different community on campus. She discovered that she loved the people and the environment of ASUA and also found her passion on campus. “I really wanted to help students and that’s why I’m here today.” Her advice, like many, is to get involved.
But what exactly can the students who have other interests do to find their passion at the UA?
The answer, Katy proclaims; Just. Say. “Yes.” “Say yes when you get invited to lunch. Say yes when you get invited to a club meeting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” And after talking with Katy, why would you be afraid?