“The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them” (J. Buchan). Upon reflecting on my experiences in the first year fellowship and as a freshman student at Rutgers in general, I have found that I have grown and learned a lot. I am a very shy individual by nature, but due to how large of a school Rutgers is and how the fellowship has emphasized the importance of networking, I have learned to break out of my comfort zone. For instance, in scenarios where I was in the right in terms of grades, I have learned to respectfully negotiate and fight back for my points. My grades have been the best as they possibly could be, also considering the fact that I have been taking a lot of credits and hard classes together, as a premedical student with computer science major.
Another important insight I have learned is to trust myself more. A lot of times I have had great ideas, but I wouldn’t voice them due to my lack of self-confidence. I am still working towards trusting myself more, however I have definitely learned to at least voice my opinions when it matters. Self-confidence coupled with humility is, arguably, the most important quality as a leader. If you exude confidence, while allowing and encouraging others to have a say, people will always follow you. After all, how can you expect others to trust and follow you when you can’t trust yourself?