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Finding Your Self Identity in College

Finding Your Self Identity in College

Partaking in a college community gives students the chance to experience independence and freedom, and the opportunity to discover ones self. Until high school, family and long-time friends have been a student’s support system, their guidance and their role models. When the time comes around to attend a higher education institution, a whole new set of ideas and people are thrown into the picture.

“When we find ourselves on a strange campus with new environmental challenges without familiar faces for support, we may, for the first time, start questioning ourselves, more critically than we ever have before. I believe we can navigate through this challenge easier if we have a firm grasp on what makes us happy, what stresses us out, and what our passion is,” states Jung Park, a new CAMPUSPEAK speaker on leadership and personal identity.

Adjusting to new environments and audiences while planning for the future can be a daunting challenge. Discovering one’s self identity can be even more impending. Jung suggest students work on having a solid understanding of who they are and have a solid internal fortitude, to be able to face the new challenges on their campus and beyond.

“I personally view my identity as my life. Fully understanding who I am and what I am about will serve as a solid foundation for me to build my life on. I also understand that my identity is constantly evolving as all things are in life. Therefore, I pay close attention to all aspects of myself to ensure that I am also constantly improving and evolving,” states Jung, about finding his own personal identity. 

How can a student start to discover their self-identity in college?

Think and Feel
These are two opposing forces in the Western culture. Thinking requires an analytic process via your brain and feeling is an emotional response via your heart. We are conditioned to either think or feel, to be analytic or emotional, and often being emotional is considered to be bad. To be effective, it shouldn’t be a choice between thinking and feeling. We should leverage both our mind and heart to take control of our lives and destiny.

Find Inspiration
Find the people with inspirational elements all around us. We can benchmark these individuals for their strengths and leverage them for guidance, support and encouragements.

Define Yourself
Through proven corporate brand methodology and leveraging effective business tools, we can strategically think of ourselves as brands and analytically assess, refine, design and live our lives. The possibility for change is much greater when we are young, before we are totally set in our ways.

“I believe they are more likely to succeed if they have access to tools, thoughts, sounding boards, plans and inspirations before they graduate,” says Jung.

Finding Your North Star: Using Identity and Passion to Find Success opens up the topic of self-identity to students. Jung asks his audience to imagine how their friends might summarize their life in one word, and if the words others use to describe you match the way you see yourself? Through several proven strategies, Jung will set your students on their journey to finding their North Star.

Check out campuspeak.com/park to learn more about Jung and his available keynote.