Looking for Opportunity
Are you taking advantage of the unique opportunities surrounding you?
Are you even looking for them?
Two weeks ago, I took twelve university students on an overseas trip to Chicago. The trip was during Spring Break and is not for academic credit. It is part of a leadership program the school offers and provides students with the opportunity to visit various companies in the field of their degrees, attend a couple classes at our home campus, experience the student life at a large American university campus, attend lectures by various specialists, and see some of the culture.
This was a great opportunity for these students and I was so impressed with the level of their engagement and the quality of their questions. It caused me to think back to my university experience. To be honest, I don’t know if my school even offered anything like this. I’m sure they must have had various programs, but I was so disconnected I never knew about them. I lived off-campus, drove to class, attended class, and left. I was always intentional to create a class schedule with as few breaks as possible so I wouldn’t be on campus any longer than necessary.
Now there’s not necessarily anything wrong with this, I learned a lot (though not as much as I probably could have), got my degree, and have moved forward into a pretty good (even if pretty random) career. It was pretty safe and pretty average.
This post isn’t about university, this post is about taking advantage of every opportunity. When I look at these students I see young adults who are getting the most they can out of their time at university, they are actively looking for opportunities that are unique to their current situation. I have been challenged to look at my own life, am I making the most of my situation? Am I taking advantage of unique opportunities I have access to? Am I fully invested where I am, making the most of every moment?
In some ways yes, and in some ways no. Have I missed out on some great opportunities simply because I wasn’t looking, or wasn’t paying attention? I’m sure I have. They’re not all necessarily going to be life-changing, but they can be opportunities to grow, learn, serve, or experience something I haven’t seen before.
What about you? Are you looking?