As my junior year in college comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect. This journey has presented me with so much. A lot of lessons learned. A lot of growing up. A lot of harsh realities faced.
I remember my freshmen year so vividly… I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! So eager and excited about finally being in college! Before I got to college, everybody always talked about how exciting it was. It was definitely a challenge for me, a real adjustment. Before I got to college, people always said how college was nothing like high school but honestly, I didn’t believe it. I was one who always excelled in school and I expected college to be no different. But I got quite the rude awakening.
I think what my problem was during the beginning of my freshman year was that I was too busy trying to be social. Looking back, I just wanted to make sure I had friends more than anything. Looking back, I can see that I didn’t take my school work seriously. Before I knew it, by the end of winter quarter, I was on academic probation and I was crushed. But I think that was what I needed in order to get my head on straight. By the end of spring quarter, I brought that 1.9 GPA all the way up to a 3.1 and I had never been more proud of myself!
But that was just the academic. Personally, my former best friend and I had a slight argument by the end of the school year, we were no longer friends. We had fallen out over something stupid and she took it upon herself to make me out to be the bad guy. We were also roommates, so it made living together a little uncomfortable … at least for me. Turns out, all we really needed was just some time apart and the summer afforded us that specific opportunity. When school started again in the fall, everything was fine and things were back to the way that they used to be.
Sophomore year was even more challenging. I had a handle on the academics, but this seemed to be the year where my personal life had gotten more out of control. At this point, I was in a long distance relationship, which was not easy and long story short, the cheater broke my heart. For a while, I couldn’t focus on anything else. But I survived. A few months later, I met my current boyfriend and I couldn’t be happier. But sure enough, my best friend had an issue with it and once again, we weren’t friends and I was the bad guy yet again. Oh well!
But on a more positive note…
Just yesterday, I turned in my last paper and now I’m awaiting my grades! I can’t believe I’m a senior now! I believe that my journey has been one of challenges but with those challenges, came growth. I believe I am a stronger person today because of my experiences in college and I couldn’t be more excited about starting my last year! Yay!