MSU environment celebrates individuality
I have always admired people who do and say exactly what they want. You know, those whose randomness brightens your day. Whether they wear crazy clothes or start singing on the bus, they are just cool individuals.
Wandering eyes and stone-cold glances usually meet their gaze, but it’s almost like they have a filter that doesn’t allow the impending judgement to reach them.
I’ll admit sometimes I look at someone or listen to what they have said and think, “What an odd person. Why are they acting in such a way?”
I concluded that the environment they live in makes them feel comfortable enough to act the way they want. A situation that several unique people would envy.
Particularly in college you meet new, interesting people with different views and perspectives. After only one year I have met so many people and they all have unique personalities.
In fact, one of my favorite parts about MSU I observed my freshman year is that weirdness is kind of cool here. The more you branch out and have fascinating ideas, the better.
Boring and transparent people obviously are still around even in the college setting, but they make up less of a majority group.
There will always be people who want to dress exactly the same and have all the same opinions as their peers. I cannot help but feel a little discouraged for those who want to live vicariously through another person just because it’s easier.
People tend to walk around with masks, they are nervous of how people will react to their looks or attire. When you can find a place where you don’t need a mask to avoid disdain from others, that’s when you have found your place.
MSU has incredible people who will accept you and listen to your original ideas, if you trust them.
I can relate to wanting to conform in order to fit in, but now I understand why all those people wear the clothes they wear and act the way they do — it’s freeing.
Open-mindedness is something that hits home for me. There is no one I dislike more than someone who chooses to hate or ridicule an individual just because they are not a carbon copy of the status quo.
The acceptance I have found at MSU, unfortunately, is a rarity nationwide. I can only imagine how many students at other colleges and universities do not find a place where they feel comfortable being themselves for fear of being judged.
I have realized just how easy it is to be yourself at MSU and it’s a beautiful thing.
Whether it’s a club, sport or another community, students care here. Being a little peculiar is refreshing and unique in a world that has kind of walked away from that idea.
It’s nice to see a piece of the future, even a small piece, that celebrates individuality.