Merveille Musungay talks openly about how she dropped out of the University of Southern Denmark due to stress in 2016. It was a difficult time, but instead of closing up about it; she wants to inspire, motivate, and encourage others who might be in the same position.
“It’s not hard for me to talk about stress, but it was hard to admit that I failed when dropping out,” she says.
Nevertheless, Merveille Musungay, who is now studing a Bachelor in English and Organizational Communication at CBS, started writing blogs anonymously about her struggles and how to prevent failure.
“Writing about stress and my thoughts on dropping out have become a form of self-motivation, and I wanted to pass that motivation on to others. But to do so, I needed – after some time – to reveal my identity. I had to do so, otherwise people wouldn’t take me seriously,” she says.
Now, Merveille Musungay is moving a part of her blogging activities to CBS WIRE, and she hopes that by writing about stress, failure, career, and experiences from the life of a 25-year-old, she can show students and staff alike a new perspective on their own lives.
“Some people might think that they want to give up. I gave up once and it was a good choice for me. But if people read my blogs, they might gain another perspective and ask questions about their own decisions,” she says.
Merveille Musungay explains that she is the one among her friends, who gladly shares advice. In that sense, it felt natural to start a blog and help more people than just her friends.
“After revealing my identity, my friends and readers have given me positive comments on the blogs, which has encouraged me to continue writing. However, it also makes me want to work harder. I have to practice what I preach on the blog. I can’t just give up like that. But I want to make it clear that everyone can fail and be stressed out. It’s not just students,” she says.
Merveille Musungay has yet another hope for her blog. By putting her life and thoughts out there, she hopes that it reminds people that not everything is pure joy.
“I think we are poor at talking about the competitiveness existing in our generation. You need to remember that there is a façade on social media. Not everything is good and excellent. You don’t know if the one posting great and jolly photos on Instagram is having a breakdown at home. I want this blog to educate people and remind them that we are just human,” she says.