Stepping out, growing up

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Stepping out, growing up

Stepping out. Destiny Otis stands at attention during the annual Veteran's Day ceremony in front of the school. Otis stood tall and  stepped out of her comfort zone, as she took charge of the battalion.

Stepping out. Destiny Otis stands at attention during the annual Veteran's Day ceremony in front of the school. Otis stood tall and stepped out of her comfort zone, as she took charge of the battalion. "Until I entered ROTC, I was quiet and shy, but when I met First Sergeant Faurie, he helped me get of my comfort zone and start having more fun,” Otis said.

Stepping out. Destiny Otis stands at attention during the annual Veteran's Day ceremony in front of the school. Otis stood tall and stepped out of her comfort zone, as she took charge of the battalion. "Until I entered ROTC, I was quiet and shy, but when I met First Sergeant Faurie, he helped me get of my comfort zone and start having more fun,” Otis said.

Stepping out. Destiny Otis stands at attention during the annual Veteran's Day ceremony in front of the school. Otis stood tall and stepped out of her comfort zone, as she took charge of the battalion. "Until I entered ROTC, I was quiet and shy, but when I met First Sergeant Faurie, he helped me get of my comfort zone and start having more fun,” Otis said.

Geneses Candia, Author

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People like to be comfortable, but sometimes comfort zones do more than protect. They can keep a person from figuring out what they might be good at and what is needed to grow as an individual.

Two girls with different backgrounds want to stay in their comfort zones, but instead, both chose to try and get learn from allowing themselves to be uncomfortable.

Tatiana Young has always wanted to accomplish this goal but has always been too scared to get out there. When she realized that high school is her last stop before she goes out into the real world, she decided to make a change.

¨[It] feels like I have accomplished way more than I ever thought would,¨ Tatiana Young said. ¨I have become the Captain of the dance team, President of the BPA and so many other things since I have gotten out of my comfort zone,¨ Young said.

Young has come a long way since freshman year.

Destiney Otis has come a long way, too. She approach change different than Young did because she used JROTC as a outlet.

“Being anti-social hasn’t done much for me,” Otis said. “Until I entered ROTC, I was quiet and shy, but when I met First Sergeant Faurie, he helped me get of my comfort zone and start having more fun,” Otis said.

Young and Otis are still a bit afraid of putting themselves out there, but they each have their own unique way of preparing to step outside their comfort zones. Otis likes to say a quick prayer.

“We should all have someone to go to when we feel down and have issues,” Otis explained. Clearly God is the one she goes to for comfort.

Young preps herself differently, by giving herself a pat on the back.

“I give myself a pep talk,” Young said.

Comfort zones are okay, but stepping out of them is necessary for achievement, and these girls have proved the importance of doing so.