Having a social life affects your personality and morale. According to Harvard University graduate, Fenna Krienen, it can affect your brain as well.
There was speculation on whether the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex, a section associated with “personality expression, decision making and social behavior,” responded more to people with common interests or to people we are closer to, according to The Times of India website.
“What we ended up finding is that closeness really seems to matter to these circuits in the brain much more than similarity,” Krienen said in a CNN
Forming close relationships is hard to immediately achieve, especially in an unfamiliar college environment.
A way to conquer this is by getting involved and talking with classmates. A fellow classmate I met two years ago during my freshman year in a sociology class is now a good friend of mine who has had a great impact on my life. Having close friends is vital to your everyday life.
While we are here to gain a degree, incidences occur. People die. Families split apart. Jobs are lost.
A lot of people are separated from their families here and must rely on friends for emotional support.
Those people you might meet in a club meeting or sit next to in class can turn out to be the best support you know.
The people you meet help shape your identity. Talking with others and hearing their outlooks on life forces you to question your own views. The music they listen to or the movies they watch can broaden your collection and change what you love.
As life progresses, people change. Change is not necessarily a bad thing but is inevitable and vital. Your life would be at a stalemate without it.
As the cliché goes, college is the best time of your life. In high school, you were being nurtured for college. In college, you are being toughened to face the so called “real world.”
We are all faced with harsh realities and new difficulties. Everyone here is experiencing the same changes as you.
Your family might not always be able to relate to your new problems and that is where your friends come in.
We can support each other through the stresses of school or the challenges of life.
The purpose of college is to learn about our future professions and discover ourselves.
However, you cannot come into the person you are meant to be without talking and interacting with others.
Use this time to explore the opportunities VSU offers to better understand your interests, be it through courses or clubs. Talk to people who have those shared goals.
Those people can end up carrying you through the rest of your collegiate days.