I was a junior in college when I first came to the Great Connections. As throughout my life, I was a timid person. I was really quiet. Not confident at all. In all of my classes I would never raise my hand. I was that little, invisible person in class, and that’s what I was comfortable with. That was what I was used to. I had a tendency to get sucked into fatalistic ideas.
The seminar was really incredible — it was encouraging and motivating and inspiring. Because you’re around these people who—they’re not just like me, but there’s a likeness in them that encouraged me to be the better me. I felt like all of these things that I used to hide because I didn’t know how they would be perceived or it’s not useful, I could bring those forth and they were appreciated and valued.
Before I thought “I’m just a shy person. I’m introverted. That’s just the way I am.” Great Connections really challenged my own perception of myself and what was possible for me.