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By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

Now is not forever. Life isn’t set. You are allowed to change your mind.

I don’t know who came up with the rule that making a single choice or decision is like making an unbreakable vow a la Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange. Nobody is waving a wand and sealing your soul to every decision you make.

Everything is always going to change one way or another, so what’s wrong with initiating it?

It’s okay to ditch your grunge clothes for a preppy look. No one is going to die if you switch majors your senior year. You are allowed to admittedly abhor men with facial hair and suddenly find it adamantly attractive (guilty…).

Every time someone says, “You never acted like this before,” “Why did you change your hair?” “Since when do you do fill in the blank?” I can’t help but internally scream, “IS THIS REAL LIFE?”

Human beings are designed to alter, so why does everyone freak out if you do something differently? I want to try new things, and I want to not worry about what anyone else thinks about it, ever.

Change can be scary, I get that, but I think the best moments in life happen when you leave your comfort zone.

This past weekend I realized that I needed to kick-start some much needed change thanks to the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

A rather wise convention speaker, Michael Koretzky, said that now’s the time to be bold and daring whilst strolling around the overflowing room wearing army pants and carrying what appeared to be some kind of whip.

I guess you had to be there to really understand that this guy really knows what he’s talking about. If you’re going to screw up, screw up big because after that screw up is when you really start figuring things out. Set your standards higher.

Something bad that happened yesterday could have been something great two years ago, but you’ll never find out unless you…CHANGE.

But this advice doesn’t just apply to the journalism world. If you’re going to be the best version of you, put it all out there. Put it on the front page with a three-deck headline in red ink.

Now is not forever. Life isn’t set. You are allowed to change your mind.