How to Welcome Opportunities: Why You Should Learn to Take Risks Instead of Avoiding Them

December 18, 2014 5:47 PM

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I've always thought of myself as someone who avoids risk. I'm the customer who habitually orders the same dish at a restaurant from fear of what new menu items taste like. I'm the online spectator who watches in awe as friends skydive, bungee jump and ski. I'm intrigued by the fascinating nature of reptiles, yet incapable of taking a picture with a one-month old, tied-mouth crocodile. However, for the past few years of my life, stepping into the unknown has become the inevitable next step, and my post-graduation life is certainly not the exception.

In May 2013, I graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and said goodbye to my alma mater, with the conviction that I was ready to change the world. As it turns out, changing the world requires more than the will to do so and a skillset ready to be utilized. Changing the w...

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