Students Should Seek Balance of Solitude and Socialization

December 4, 2014 5:49 PM

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It wasn't until my fifth day at college that I stumbled upon a Rumi quotation that would change the way I socialized: "A little while alone in your room," advised the famous poet and theologist, "will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you."

Before I'd done the opposite, earnestly following the advice that everyone and their mother gave me: Keep my door open, my confidantes advised, and always made a point of being social. When I first arrived on Emerson's college campus, I always kept the doorstop in my door and let people come in and ...

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