Comfort zones are meant to be broken

It’s a new school year and time to try something new


The 2019-2020 school year has officially begun and so has the endless opportunities for student involvement. Here at North Dakota State, there is no shortage of student organizations/clubs to join. For example, are you interested in rock climbing, fishing, board games, Nordic skiing, radio, sports, or photography? Well, there’s a club for you!

 The list goes on and on with 304 search results in total. There are a multitude of new activities to try and people to meet.

 At this very moment you may be thinking in your head, “Eh… but I’ll have to meet new people what if I don’t like anyone? What if they don’t like me?” Stop, right there! The negative thoughts running through your head are only concerned with the absolute worst-case scenario and do not represent what could happen.

“When’s the last time you did something for the first time?”


What if you meet a great friend or end up with a new hobby you love? College is meant for you to experience new things, try new activities, and figure out what makes you, you! Opening yourself up to the unknown is key to personal growth.

The article, “The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)” by Alan Henry cites findings from Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson research in 1908 that having a steady level of performance is created by a steady level of comfort. Makes sense, right?

So, what do we do to grow as a person? Do things that challenge you! Write the novel you’ve always dreamed of, seek out leadership opportunities, raise your hand in class (if you’re shy), go get coffee by yourself. The list goes on.

Ginni Rommetty (CEO of IBM) summed it up best, “Growth and comfort do no coexist” Next time you see a club that peaks your interest; go for it and break out of your comfort zone!

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