Questions to answer for each situation:
- What was the event?
- What did you do?
- How did this break what you normally would have done?
- What were the results of your behavior?
- Spring Break trip to San Francisco to visit my cousin
- I toured Alcatraz solo because my cousin was working
- I would never think to do an entire tour alone. I was really nervous the whole time for some reason, I figured everyone knew I was by myself, but I don’t know why that bothered me so much. I go to art museums alone, I eat alone, but for some reason spending the day touring alone made me really uncomfortable.
- The results were- I realized there were so many people on the tour that no one knew, noticed, or cared if I was alone. I was the only person putting so much pressure on having someone there. Once I realized that, I actually felt empowered being there alone and started approaching other people on the tour! I left Alcatraz with a couple new friends that I ended up meeting up with during the rest of my stay. It was a great day!
New Friends in New Places
- This event also happened while I was in San Francisco
- Like I said, my cousin was working during the time I visited so I would usually venture out on my own until she was off of work. I went to a party once where I met this guy who happened to be from the Bay area. He added me on Facebook and that was that. I noticed that he updated his status saying he was going back home to visit. I decided to send him a message and see what his plans were! We ended up meeting during the week and he was my personal tour guide! We had a great time and now I have an actual new friend instead of another internet one..
- I would have never approached him online. I was surprised he didn’t think it was strange. But I figured, I was there visiting and he’s from there, why not take advantage and learn more about him and the city? So happy I did!
- I made a new friend who is from San Francisco but goes to the same school as me, we’ve hung out a couple times since and I am really happy I decided to reach out.
(Dave and I having fun at the de Young Museum)
Knowing When It’s Time To Go Home
- Another San Francisco story…
- My cousin, her friend, and I went out dancing over the weekend. We were out until around 2 am and we all started talking to a group of guys. I could tell my cousin and her friend were really interested in the people they were talking to, and well me, not so much.. I enjoyed his company, but I was ready to go home. Anyways, they invited us all back to one of their apartments and I decided to go back to my cousin’s place alone instead.
- I normally would have sucked it up and gone with what the group wanted to do, but I could tell that if I went back I would be giving this guy the wrong idea. I also didn’t want to sit there scowling while my cousin and her friend had a good time. But- I didn’t know San Francisco and I was hesitant about taking a cab home alone.
- The results? The cab driver was such a genuine guy, he gave me his card in case I needed a ride at any point during my stay, we had a heart-to-hear on the drive back, and I made it home safely. My cousin and her friend had a great time, they stumbled in at around 5 am and I got to hear all their stories.
(Me, My cousin, and her friend)
Condoms here, Condoms there, Condoms everywhere!
- A group presentation in one of my large classes
- Our project was on consumer behavior when purchasing condoms. I’m sure it didn’t make a lot of our classmates uncomfortable, but I was nervous for what the professor’s reaction would be. The topic shouldn’t be taboo, but sometimes talking about sex can get a a little awkward.
- Normally, I would have suggested a less risqué topic, but this one interested me and I decided to stick with it.
- The results- The class was super engaged throughout the presentation and our professor was impressed with how professional we were. I was really proud of our group (and myself) for not shying away from the topic.