What’s your story?

April 27th is national “Tell a Story Day,” started by librarians to get children to tell or read stories at a library event. However, now it has taken a bigger step and gone to social media. Libraries now use hashtags and social media to encourage everyone to #TellAStory for #NationalTellAStoryDay. So, in honor of this nationally recognized literary day, I want to ask you: What is your story?

Introduction: Your life. Challenges, obstacles, and even achievements all make us who we are today. We learn from our mistakes and go on to accomplish great things. However, everyone has different backgrounds; Your obstacles are different than the student sitting next to you in class. Reflect on your upbringing, your background, your childhood, and think about how that allowed you to be the person you are today.

Plot Analysis: What do you stand for? Just as every story has a plot, so does your life. Make sure you are aware of your plot and that your actions coordinate with the theme of your story. How do you figure out your plot? You look for clues like you would in a story. What are you passionate about? What do you find yourself thinking about in your free time? Who and what are the relationships you have with other people? What do you hope to accomplish in life? Asking yourself these questions allows you to figure out your own plot and ensure there’s no surprise plot-twist in your story.

Reflect on your storyline. What have you learned from the story of your life so far? These are the things that shape us. Be sure to not just try to repress the negative experiences in your life as they also add to the story. You can learn from the conflicts and more importantly, share those with others.

Share your story. Librarians encourage students to share their stories on social media with the hashtags ##TellAStory and #NationalTellAStoryDay. However, most of us will find that our true stories are more than just 140 characters long. I encourage you to share your story with friends, family, and even strangers. What medium you choose depends on you and your story. If you love to write, perhaps consider blogging or publishing a book. If you are more of the artistic type, try to express your story through graphics and designs. Or you can simply just share your story by being confident in it and letting the small storyline details seep out through your relationships with people, and your actions.

You story can and will impact others. You have the power to inspire, give hope, motivate, and empathize with many different individuals. You can grow as an individual mentally and emotionally by recognizing what you stand for. This will allow you to set priorities in your life, and ensure that your actions are coherent with your theme or goal for life.

I encourage you this coming month to evaluate what your story is, and share it with others. Your life experiences should not go unnoticed. Everyone overcomes unique obstacles and challenges through there life so it’s important to emphasize and learn from your peers.  Be confident in your story, as you will learn a lot about yourself in doing so. #AlwaysLearning

jessica-albright-thumb-150x150Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society,  Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.