Insights on Individualism

Students at MN share experiences and beliefs on path to finding their unique individuality

Adithi Deeduvanu, Staff Writer

“I feel like as I’ve grown up I’ve developed more of a sense of who I am and how that relates to the people around me, but I’m still young so I’m still figuring out what makes me, me,” freshman Nithya Khandavalli said.

Most people want to be unique, whether that’s through their activities, personality, or through their opinions. However, many people fail to realize that they are original just by showing their individuality. 

Individuality is the unique identity you have, and it can be affected by a variety of factors, such as your routine, age, or cultural upbringing. Depending on who you ask, the effect your activities have on your individuality can be either positive or detrimental to your true sense of self. 

“I feel like I have grown my individuality through my everyday schedules and activities. Such as when I work towards a common goal with my peers, or when my friends and I volunteer together. These activities help me become a better individual,” Junior Vishaal Arunprasad said.

Another factor that affects the individuality of a person is age. As people grow older, they find their sense of self and gain confidence in who they are.

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve gained more individuality. When I was younger I struggled with overcoming my introverted nature; I was scared to share my opinions, pursue my passions, and build relationships. With time, I learned that embracing my differences is what makes me genuine, and since then I’ve been able to live more freely,” Junior Tejal Parajuli said.

A final factor that can affect your individuality is the cultural upbringing you have. In fact, some cultures have different ideas about individuality than others. 

“As a first-generation American, my individuality looks a lot different from my parents. My parents were born in a  country that values image over everything. Being successful academically and financially is what they believe makes them who they are. Whereas I value happiness and my impact on others the most,” Parajuli says. 

No matter what affects your individuality, it is important not to lose yourself. Because living as your true self is essential for happiness. In fact, studies from Solution Therapy show that embracing individuality is crucial for personal growth and self-worth. Trying to hide our true personalities lowers our self-esteem and implies that we have given up on our true thoughts.

So, no matter what our individual opinions are, it is important not to be carried away based on superficial ideas. Finally, don’t be afraid to prioritize your values, after all, they are what make you an individual.

“I’ve learned that embracing my values and opinions is what makes me genuine, from these I’ve been able to live to my full potential and find my individuality,” Parajuli said.