Growing up I was never one to question authority. I was always good at following rules and getting along with everyone. While I still believe that these are admirable qualities, during my time at TCU I have come to be a believer in confrontation.
I have come to believe in confrontation first in my relationships. Being open and upfront with those that are important to you only fosters a better relationship. Honesty is after all the best policy. I do not mean to stand for hurtful sharing or brutal honesty. However, in my personal relationships I have found that in order to grow in them I have to be able to have the courage to confront the problems and situations that are bound to arise. Nothing good comes from being passive aggressive or holding grievances.
I have come to believe in confrontation when I am standing up for myself. This is not something that comes naturally to me. However it is an important life skill to be able to be an advocate for yourself. This can be as simple as talking to a teacher about a deserving grade or as big as protesting for personal rights. If you never learn to help yourself you can find it difficult to help others in the future.
Finally I believe in confronting my fears. Coming to TCU so far from home and where I did not know anyone was one of the scariest things that I have ever done. However, it has been one of the most transformational and shaping experiences of my life. Confronting your fears keeps you from holding yourself back. It can open unimaginable worlds and adventures, such as travel and love. Finding the courage to confront the scary things in your life might not change your situation or other people, but it has amazing powers to change you for the better. Therefore, I believe in confrontation.
Mary Kate Thompson is a senior philosophy and political science double major. She hopes to attend Law School after she graduates. She has been involved all over campus including Sigma Kappa sorority, the pre-law club and Disciples on Campus. She is originally from Rogers, Arkansas, had has been a member of the Disciples denomination her whole life.