Empathy is good for you
Yeah, we said it. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that student empathy has, on average, become increasingly lower over the past few decades. However, there are several things that everyone can do to more accurately take a few steps in another's shoes, so to speak.
Understanding is key
Mad about a particular grade? Can't understand why someone would have voted for a presidential candidate? Learning about that individual's background, whether they are a fellow classmate or professor, can be eye-opening in terms of figuring out their reasons and motivations behind a decision. Take a few minutes to chat with the individual about their background (no judgment, just listening), and you might be surprised how much you learn.
The world revolves around no one
We all have our dreams, and most of us feel we work hard to reach them. However, it's important to keep in mind that every position will have some level of competition. When you don't get your dream internship, don't immediately blame the employer for their lack of foresight. Instead, it's best to ask them for advice on what you could do to make yourself a stronger candidate. Their answer could provide you with some excellent tips for a future interview.