People of Tuscaloosa: Shelia O'Connor

People of Tuscaloosa: Shelia O'Connor

CW | Jonathan Daniels

“Being from Birmingham I thought adjusting to college and making friends would be easy because I was close to home and I knew people coming here. I quickly found that it wasn’t so easy. I was so focused on trying to fit in on campus I didn't realize that I wasn’t being true to myself. I tried to do the typical college thing like joining a sorority in hopes of making more friends. That still posed a challenge as I felt like people didn't understand my personality and I started seeing my priorities change into things I never really believed in. Now as a junior, I realize that being true to who I am is the best way to make friends and to make the most of my college experience and to those coming into college, honestly just be yourself and don’t worry about what others think of you. People are more likely to be your friend if they see you for who you are and if they don't, then they don’t deserve to be your friend.”

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