Uniquely You

By Marin Helppie-Schmieder
Distinguished Young Woman of Texas 2012


It is officially a New Year. And everyone knows that along with a New Year, comes New Year Resolutions. I still find it hard to believe that it is already 2013, but alas, time does not stop for anyone. Like the millions of other people around the Globe, I too have taken a New Year’s vow. But it’s not the traditional vow of, “being more fit” or “getting a better job.” In fact, it is more of a challenge to others. Are you ready for it? Well, here it is: I challenge YOU to be YOURself and embrace YOUR differences from others. That’s it.

As I sat around a table with some of my close friends during New Year’s Eve, I realized how different we were from one another. We laughed, reminiscing about High School and how different our lives were in College. From Biology majors to Education majors and even Undeclared majors, we are anything but alike. However at the same time, it’s our differences that brought us together. We discussed our New Year’s resolutions and after some (healthy) debate, came to the conclusion that we didn’t want to change who we are, but embrace it.

Our culture and World is so vibrant, fast moving and ever changing. It is sometimes hard to keep up with the latest trend or fashion. Wouldn’t life be so much more enjoyable without the stress of constantly being up-to-date on the latest thing? I believe everyone brings something special and unique to this World, and that it should be embraced with open arms! I know as I head into 2013, I am going to continue finding the positivity in everyday life. Plus, it makes every day more enjoyable!

So, as you make your New Years Resolutions, find a way to squeeze in how to be uniquely you. What sets you a part from others? Find that one thing (or more than one!) and hold onto it tight. It’s 2013, a new year. Embrace it.

Marin Helppie-Schmieder is a college freshman at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Modern Dance. Originally from Carrollton, Texas, Marin was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2012. Learn more about Marin here!

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