But Flora didn’t see me as a convenience friend, a friend you’re only friends with because of your classes or extracurriculars or living group. After freshman fall, she actively attempted to remain in my life.
Unlike my classmates, I could not focus on the lecture. I was instead intensely focused on an urgent optimization problem: If I wait until the end of the lecture, will it bleed through my pants?
The opportunity to really follow your passions without too much to lose — that is a tremendous privilege, a freedom that few human beings in history have had. Do not waste it by following along with what everyone else wants just because everyone else wants it.