During my tour at Tufts University in Boston, my tour guide said something that really struck me. He said that the academics at Tufts felt like a combination of being challenged and receiving a hug all at once. He went on to talk about how their rigorous courses push students to break outside of their comfort zone, but the professors provide an environment where being uncomfortable is made comfortable. That really got me thinking. Is there a way to be at home with uncertainty? To be at peace with unfamiliarity, and to want to be uncomfortable? In a way, that is what any college experience should be about. I, for one, know that when I take the leap into college and the adult world, I will want to be challenged. I want to look at something from all angles and understand every point of view. I think that we cannot grow until we break out of our comfort zones. I have always believed that, and here was my fabulous, insightful tour guide saying exactly that. His passion for challenging himself was exciting. It was contagious. Challenging myself and jumping outside of my comfort zone is a philosophy I try to live and learn by, and it is exciting to see universities that support and encourage that ideology.
Emerson is a junior in high school. She loves literature and is passionate about writing, poetry in particular. When she is not playing the drums, participating in school musical theater, or training for marathons, you can find her with her friends checking out vintage records and used book stores in Hollywood.