My last posts as a MET International Blogger will be a series of three publications about what I have learned, what was the impact of studying abroad in my career, and also my personal life. First I would like to highlight the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people as they can be the key to help you face all the changes and challenges you will be exposed to.
I have met so many people, including professors and lab mates, and those who became not just colleagues, but also friends. I have learned so much in so little time, that I wonder how much more I would learn if I could just stay until the end of the year.
It is impressive the effect of being surrounded by people that motivate you and support you can have on your mood, health, quality of life, and achievements. A poor environment, whether at work, class, or at your own dorm room, can decrease your productivity and make you stressed, unhappy, and anxious. Moreover, it can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of disease. Without even realizing it, you may find yourself sick, increasingly dissatisfied, and less tolerant of typical day-to-day tasks.
Just as negativity is contagious, so is positivity. Someone once said, “we become the reflection of the five people we spend the most time with” – and that is truth. We inherit their beliefs and it effects our way of thinking and our self-esteem. Make smart choices: surround yourself with positive and hard working people. It is really easy to find someone to listen to you cry on their shoulder, but it is really hard to find someone that can actually STAND your success.
I believe BU principles gear their students to support and respect each other, but sometimes, you cannot predict people’s behaviors. Thus, this is a very important factor to be aware of. Having strong, positive social support is one of the most important aspects in predicting your physical health and well-being, especially during college.
My advice to make our campus (your house, your workplace, anywhere) a better place would be: be kind, even to the ones that don’t deserve it - they need it the most!