Exploring Your values
Hello, Missouri State, It is week seven and we are near the halfway point of the semester. Regardless of what year you are in college, I’m sure you’ve done a lot of growing as an individual. Each semester brings new challenges, community, and experiences; reflection is essential. Explicitly reflecting on the exploration of your values as a college student is what I want to write about this week.
What are Values and Why are They Important?
Values are individual to you and are in place to motivate or direct you. They are important because they help you navigate the small and big decisions that college and life itself can throw your way. It is also important to note that values inform your thoughts, words, and actions, and taking the time to explore the values or values you desire to have is insightful. You may find after your reflection that something is more important to you than you gave it credit.
How to Explore Your Values
Setting aside time to write, walk, or meditate on all that you do or all that makes you unique is a good first step to take. I have found that sitting down with someone and having them just listen to me is a helpful tool. This allows me to talk out everything and hear from an outsider what I seem to be the most passionate about or consumed by. The person I choose to ask looks different each time but I usually seek out a mentor one way or another because they tend to offer the best advice and listening skills. The Center for Academic Success and Transition Office is a great resource to utilize when looking for a mentor. Peer Mentors and Success Coaches help you navigate college and the challenges that you are presented with. After meeting with someone I would recommend reflecting on your own, documenting what you discovered.
College is a transitional time for anyone and a lot of growing is done from the time you walk on campus to when you put on your cap and gown. The decisions you make now will impact your life beyond college so it is important to understand what is important to you. Values shouldn’t be something you feel you have to explore on your own, utilize your community to help direct you. Your community can help you see what it is that is important to you and hold you to it.
(Bio: My name is Aubrey Hardy, a junior studying special needs education. Fun fact: I grew up on a farm.)