Independence; the Key to Success

Independence is defined as freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. Whether it be cooking their own food or doing their own laundry, college students all over the country have had to deal with being out on their own.

Out of state students especially have had to cope with being hundreds of miles away from their home and families. Californian, and out of state student at Rutgers University, Jocelyn Swift tells YHM what makes someone independent.

Jocelyn: I am independent because I don’t allow the opinions of others dictate how I live my life. I have learned that I have to live my life for me and no one else. I trust myself and know that no matter what life brings my way, I have the power to excel and achieve my goals.

I believe the formula to independence is to chase your dreams.

I am independent because I know that being myself is enough, and that I do not have to be bound to society’s image or perception of who I am supposed to be.

I believe the formula to independence is to chase your dreams, keep reaching for success and continue to believe in yourself. I live my life with purpose and everything I do, I do it with a 100 percent effort.

I’ve learned that with independence comes responsibility. It is more than living on your own, or paying your own bills. I believe that when you find independence you find out who you truly are.

You have to take the time to know yourself, embrace who you are, and use your gifts and talents to live in this world with purpose and intent.

The most important thing I think people need to do before they achieve true independence is to learn to love him or herself wholeheartedly.

You can’t be independent if you don’t love yourself. People in this world will not hand you any favors. It is up to us and us alone to make things happen for ourselves.

It is up to us and us alone to make things happen for ourselves.

Without love for yourself you will not have confidence in yourself. Without confidence there is no way that you will be comfortable doing things on your own because you will never have trust in your own abilities.

People need to live for themselves, think for themselves, and act for themselves, to achieve what is best for their life. Once you are aware of who you are, you have already established your independence because you are living for you.

By J’nel Billups

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  1. Brian Elliott says:

    It’s good to see young people with the right perspective. I’m tired of reading about kids being stupid. These kids prove that there is hope for our future.

  2. Kent Swift says:

    Great Job, I’m believe in having the confidence to make things happen. Jocelyn you are paving and lighting up the path to success. Thanks for making the way brighter for younger ones to follow.

  3. Geraldine Thompson says:

    Excellence breads excellence, what a blessing to see young women in pursuit of their dreams. I’m very proud of both of you young ladies.

  4. Laura Williams says:

    This article and commentary by Jocelyn reminds every reader that there is hope for our future. I required my son who is 10 years old, entering the 6th grade in the fall, to read this article and he was inspired. I later found that he had written down Jocelyn’s quote on the front cover of his notebook; when I asked him why he wrote it down he said, “Mom, I agree with Jocelyn, the formula to my independence is to chase my dreams!” Thank you for igniting the flame of independence in our young people, Jocelyn and J’nel, nicely done!!!!

  5. Craig York says:

    Reading this article makes me proud and confident in our future leaders. Good article J’nel Billups, and great commentary Jocelyn Swift. I am very proud of you.

  6. Barbrett Carr says:

    Very well written Article, lovely young lady that was interviewed I would love to hear more about her.

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