Editorial: Becoming a big fish in a big pond

One of the many things we get told when first coming into university is that it’s a completely different world. It’s very similar to the advice we got when we entered high school for the first time. Getting told how one place is a different world from another, and that we need to be prepared.

Almost ten years ago, on my first day of high school, my principal said the best advice he could give us was to get involved. To me that meant joining all the sports teams I could. I considered myself an athlete and sports were my life, so I used it as my way to getting involved.

Although during elementary school I was part of sports teams, the Drama Club and various other groups, when I got to high school I dropped everything and put focus towards only sports. Do I regret it? Yeah, in a way I do. Who knows where I would be now if I joined some drama groups in high school? However, university is a new world and it has been a completely new chapter for me, and probably for anybody else that has come before and after me.

High school is a place where you become a big fish in a small pond. University is a bigger pond, where you begin as a small fish and stay small, unless you get involved. Getting involved with various groups and organizations can help you grow as a person. In metaphorical terms, you could become a big fish in a big pond, before entering what they call the ‘real world’, adulthood, or simply the world after post-secondary.

Coming to Brock I didn’t know what I wanted to do during my four years beyond get my degree and party. However, I quickly learned that you can do almost anything you want.

I’ve made more friends than I can count on my fingers, which is always good. I’ve even made it to the point where I can see some of the school’s staff and faculty members, sit down with them, and just talk about life. University may only be four or five years, but it’s an opportunity to meet people you never thought you would.

With welcome week or Frosh Week already under way, make sure you get out there and meet people. When first day of school happens, on September 5, it’s your chance to write your own chapter.

Vendor Fair at Brock is a chance to interact with various groups, clubs and organizations at Brock and out in the community. You’ll be able to get a lot of cool ‘swag’, but don’t just go for the free stuff.

Vendor Fair is a chance to learn about your school, and a chance to continue to be who were in high school or let yourself grow into more.

From experience, I never thought I would have been working for a campus newspaper in university, yet here I am. This is my fifth year of university and my fifth year of working for The Brock Press. Each and every year, I’ve moved up the ranks with the paper. From contributor, to staff writer, to Sports Editor, and Editor-in-Chief.

The opportunities are endless at the university level. This big pond allows you to create your very own opportunities.

If at first you don’t succeed, try something new. It isn’t supposed to work the first time for everyone, as a chapter always has its ups and downs.

Some people prefer to enjoy the solitary of a first-year experience and get involved in their upper-years. Honestly, do what works for you. Just don’t let all your years at university slip away, and your only stories be the ones about Friday nights.

The pond is large and some fish are huge, but everyone is different. Find your niche, find yourself and become the big fish that university allows you to become.

-Satbir Singh

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