By Taylor Viles – Sports Editor
When I came to college in the fall of 2018, I was trying to find my identity. I hated how I acted in high school and knew that Lasell offered me a clean slate to be whatever I wanted to be. It took me a while to learn what that was, but then I figured it out: I wanted to be a confident person.
Finding that confidence isn’t something that happens overnight, but as soon as I began to realize that, learning to act confident was simple. I know it’s cliche, but “fake it ‘til you make it” is the saying that I began to use. Even if I had no clue what I was doing or how I was supposed to do it, I pretended.
That’s not to say I didn’t keep asking questions. Contrary to common thought, not knowing something is not a sign of weakness. I ask “how” and “why” questions every single day. Sometimes my friends make fun of me if I don’t know something, but it’s not my fault that I was never taught that. It’s the effort I’m making now to learn what I didn’t before that’s important and is a sign of strength.
I joined the 1851 Chronicle staff during my first year at Lasell. I had barely written before, besides English assignments in high school, but I began to use the confidence I was creating within myself to learn how to write for a newspaper. I would volunteer to write multiple stories and I began to reach out to people to interview for them. I remember the nerves in my first few interviews. I thought I would be judged on the questions I asked or that I would be accused of being a “bad interviewer” even though I wasn’t.
The more interviews and stories I completed, the more confident I started to feel and the less I had to fake it. I started reaching out to more high profile people and to create connections which helped continue to build my self-confidence.
Pretty soon, this confidence turned into a sense of belonging and I realized I had created a home for myself at Lasell. Through clubs such as the 1851 Chronicle and Lasell Community Television (which I became the president of junior year), I began to feel needed.
Fast forward to today, I have become a leader in my field on this campus and I am proud to have accomplished the goal I set out to conquer.