by ZAC PALMER, Staff Writer

How are we supposed to handle change when life throws us a curveball? Change is weird, scary, and disorienting for most of us, especially when something that has been so consistent changes in a split second. What are we supposed to do then? Roll with it, deny it, or protest it? I’ve been going through this exact same thing in my life and I must admit, I have done just about everything.forbes

Typically I’m an extremely flexible person, open to just about anything the world may throw at me, but uncertainty of the future is something that will nag on anybody’s mind. It’s been said before that humans are afraid of change, and as much as you may want to deny that, once something happens that you have no control over, reality can be quite harsh.

How we deal with that reality though is the important part. You can both sit back and sulk about how terrible your life is now, or you can get out there and make the most out of what’s going on around you. The former is the easy choice. Anybody can let go of the wheel and put it on cruise control and hope one day they get to their destination. I want to take the other route though. Life may deal you a poor hand one round, but if you don’t let it be the knockout punch, then you’ll be stronger the next time around.

Letting the change in your life consume you and control your actions is a sure path to mediocrity and failure. It is important to take control of that change once it happens and point yourself in the right direction after you’re done spinning. There’s no time like the present to do the things you want to do in life and reach for your goals. In fact, when you’re down and out, it might just be the nudge you need to push yourself in the right direction.

Change may be difficult and disheartening at points, but once you come out on the other side, you very well might realize that you’re a better person because of it. I’m a freshman here, but I don’t really feel like it anymore. When I arrived here it was different and new to me, and I was a bit unsure of everything. Now that I’ve settled into the life of a college student, I walk around with confidence, and I’m starting to figure out who I am as a person. I have met tons of awesome new people, and I’m starting to feel more and more like I have a place here.

I hope that what you get out of this, is that change is not always bad. Things may look glum at first, but you are in control of how you let things make you feel. If something that you rely on changes in your life, don’t let it get you down. Grab the wheel and turn the corner, because the next best thing is just around the bend.