I am not sure whether any commentary is needed between the comic strip and the song below, but just in case...
Many of us place a lot of value on the opinions of others to the point where we are incapable of making our own decisions. I realize that right now, I am sharing my opinion to convince you to form your own. Well, I am an academic advisor and I support self-advocacy. That is my bent. I am unapologetic about the inherent hypocrisy of this post!
Some folk come to college without ever considering what they want out of life because they have always been told what their desired should be. When they are asked - total silence. Sometimes it takes a while for it to really sink in, you have choices. When you make them, they are your choices - even when you have decided to make them based on someone else's ideas, those choices are all yours. Your circle may become smaller, you may have a few disagreements with loved ones as you express your desire to pursue your goals or as your goald change. Those that are for you will be with you. There is no them.
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!