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Season Of Change

by Emma Schwendeman

New Year, New Me! Out with the old, in with the new! Time to make resolutions!

Change.

I tend to see the start of the new year as the season of change. People have moved on from the splendor decor of the Christmas season, but have not let go of its optimistic attitudes. Because of that, we expect change to occur. There is some ignited hope to get healthier, make better choices, or just maintain happiness. We make self-improvement the main agenda.

Metaphorically, change tends to draw parallels with a flame. It roars strongly and brightly. People have this glow. There is more smiling, ideas, or conversation. But that roaring flame falls victim to the obstacles in life sooner or later. It degrades into a flicker, denoting the end of the season of change. So, how do we keep that flame a little longer?

We must make a conscientious effort to keep the passion going. We try to embody it, whether that involves talking, working, or acting on what you are wanting to change. Despite all biological and mental defenses to resist the change, we desire it. Therefore, the season of change only fades when we stop prioritizing it.

So let’s prioritize! In light of the season of change, State of State is holding its annual conference on Saturday, February 3. Starting at 9 a.m., we’ll discuss topics in relation to the Penn State community. These include free speech, social stigma, technology in the classroom, and minority groups at Penn State campus. Register online today.


State of State is an annual conference presented by the Penn State community for the Penn State community. By bringing together innovative speakers and community leaders, State of State create a dialogue on the present and the future of the University. This post is part of a series of guest blogs from students involved in State of State.

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State of State

Founded in 2013, State of State is a student-run organization at Penn State University, committed to facilitating a dialogue within the university community about important Penn State-related issues. This dialogue culminates every year in a spring conference at which we bring together student, faculty, administration, alumni, and community leaders to speak about a variety of Penn State and State College topics, ranging from student life to mental health to town-and-gown relations. Our goal is to bring together passionate change-makers who can make our community stronger and more successful. Join this ongoing conversation “by Penn State, for Penn State” at our ​year-round special events and in February for our annual State of State conference.

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