When I was first told that I was nominated for Colorado Student Leader of the Year, my first response was “Ummm, what??” I don’t do nearly as many cool things as other students I know; why would I be nominated?
All the way up until the interview, I was thinking that I didn’t belong on that list with the seven other student nominees from around the state. I mean, do I even do anything with my life?
Then, I went into my interview and, as I told the panel about my work at The Sentry, the volunteer work I’ve done, and my passion for animal rescues and shelters, I started to realize that I actually do some pretty cool stuff.
I didn’t win the award, but I didn’t have to. After my interview, I realized that any of the nominees would be qualified and deserving of winning it, including me. In fact, thousands of students across the state would have been equally qualified and deserving of it. The eight of us that were nominated just happened to make a good impression on the right people at the right time.
I didn’t think I deserved my nomination until I was put in a situation where I had to talk about my life and what I do and make it sound impressive, without comparing my experiences to others’. But when I was put in that situation, I was forced to talk about my own experiences, not how they are better or worse than others’ experiences, just about what they are. And you know, it did sound pretty impressive.
We are constantly bombarded by the success of others that we don’t have the time to think about our own. I mean, even just being a student at CU Denver is a pretty incredible feat, and that’s something people forget too often.
The amazing things that other people are doing shouldn’t take away from the amazing things that you are doing. In fact, I’m sure that the way you view others’ success is the same way that others view yours.
So stop with the comparison game; you are doing some pretty cool stuff.