RISE and Shine — don’t forget to be happy

Written by Sergio Martínez-Beltrán 

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” — Charles Spurgeon

Everyone has a different definition of the concept of happiness. For some, happiness can mean possessing luxury, which could take the form of a car, a boat or a house. For others, happiness can mean eating a chocolate bar or your favorite ice cream.

Happiness for me is what you take from life and what you bring into it. Happiness is a concept and a philosophy — it’s a way of living. Happiness is what can make a person strive and succeed.

When I think about what has made me happy, I can’t stop thinking about all the memories that I have with my family and my friends. I can’t stop thinking on the volleyball trips I had with my volleyball family and my mom — all the food we ate and all the games we won (we even won a national championship, just saying). But being part of a community and the feeling that I belong makes me the happiest.

RISE has granted me that happiness through the faculty, classmates and experiences it offers. It has made me realize that I have commonalities with others, but  that it is also important to recognize our differences.

I don’t know what will be my happy place once I graduate, but I do know that as of now, one of my happy places at MSU is Bailey Hall, home of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment, a place where I can be happy and every morning I can RISE and shine.


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