It's difficult to find the influence to make a difference. In our group, there are probably people with more diverse experiences than you, more scholarly knowledge than you, even more accomplishments than you. The same is true about those in your academic college.
But there's one place where you can make your mark: Your attitude.
You can bring more generosity of spirit, more enthusiasm, more kindness, more resilience, more positive energy, more bravery and more of the right stuff to the room than anyone else, at least right now. Because you choose to.
That can be what you stand for.
These aren't soft skills. They're real.
Adapted from Seth Godin