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E-Board column: Not everything is predetermined, and that's okay

As an inherently private person, this idea of being in a leadership position and joining a community of talented, go-getter individuals was a far-fetched one. Yet, upon joining the Setonian in my freshman year, there was a certain excitement in meeting new people that came with covering campus life. This, I knew, was not like other things I’d tried before–it was an endeavor that was meant for me.

As a psychology major, there was little I knew about conducting interviews and writing in AP style; yet I persisted. I later added a minor in journalism, which expanded my knowledge of communication and increased my appreciation for diverse groups of people and cultures. Now, as Campus Life Editor and a peer tutor at the Writing Center, I am honored to be someone that writers can look to for advice and validation in the profound work they do. To this day, I have formed connections with people that I never would have encountered otherwise–some of whom I am grateful to call my closest friends.

As a dedicated staff writer two years ago, I wrote a profile on a senior student who taught me the importance of surrounding yourself with people who motivate you to honor yourself and your aspirations. Accordingly, I began to unlearn my habits of not asking for help and assuming that everything that’s meant for me will come, as opposed to playing an active role in my own success. It was following this that I resumed my journey of self-understanding under the notion that not everything is predetermined–and that’s okay.

My passion for Seton Hall’s community later inspired my decision to join the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority.

Peyton Hruska is the head editor of the Campus Life section. She can be reached at


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