The Impact of a Student

My name is Tessa Farnsworth and I am a student. I began my adventure as an undergrad at BYU about three years ago. When I started out, I had no idea what I wanted to do, how to get involved in anything, and I was overwhelmed with figuring out the pos

sibilities.

After finally deciding on a major and getting an idea of where I wanted to go with things, I started to wonder how I was going to make an impact on the world. After living abroad and being moved by the humbling experiences of seeing how others on this planet live, I knew I wanted to find a way to simply make a dent in the giant mess that’s out there. As a student without a degree or real job, how was I supposed to help others? I often felt selfish because my life was all about me and figuring things out for myself. So, I began talking to people and exploring my options. I took an international development class where I met Travis and Steve, both founders of the Global Outreach Foundation. Through taking that class I learned of organizations on campus that I could get involved in and different options for summer excursions.

Now, as a junior, I am involved with Students for Social Entrepreneurship and absolutely love it. I am finding out just how much of an impact one person can make, and how they can do it.

This month, myself and a few other bloggers will be talking about the impact that students can make in the world. We chose this topic because ourselves and many of our friends are constantly trying to find ways in which to make a difference, and we figured that we aren’t the only ones.

One of my suggestions for making an impact would be to find something you are passionate about. Whether it be a certain part of the world or a project that you think is incredible, find something that interests you. That way, you will be fully invested.

Find people that are interested in the same things as you. Once you are able to do that, doors will open. You can network and find opportunities that you never would have thought were available.

Do it. Don’t be afraid of going to another country or spending your summer away from family and friends. It will be worth it.

And finally, the impact that you make on the lives of those you are helping will be returned two-fold on the impact they will have on you. As students, we have the availability and flexibility to be able to go out and do projects. Our opportunities are wide open, so it’s one of the best times to get out there. Plus, it’s a time in our lives where we are growing, learning, and seeking out what we want to do for the rest of our lives. There is a lot we can learn from other cultures and peoples, and they are out there waiting for us.

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