Three years ago, I remember my parents and peers telling me how quickly college would fly by as I began to make a list of dorm supplies to buy before moving into my freshman dorm. My 18 year old self didn’t believe them at the time, but soon enough, the school I saw as a foreign place quickly turned into my second home, and my new friends into family. My freshman year was definitely an emotional roller coaster from adjusting to a new life away in a different state, to sharing a small room with three girls, and finding my place on a new campus.
Now as an incoming senior, I’m finding it hard to imagine how life will be away from school after graduation. Although my mistakes have shaped me into who I am today, I still wish I could have gotten a few pieces of solid advice at the time. After reflecting on these past three years, these are some of the things I would tell my 18 year old self today:
1.The person you are at 18 is not who you’ll be 21, and so on.
Although I was told that I wouldn’t be the same person between freshman and senior year, I still didn’t understand what that really meant until now. In three years, I’ve grown from a shy and unconfident 18 year old to someone much more comfortable in her own skin, and I thank college for teaching me that it’s okay to be yourself.
We sometimes lose touch with old friends from home and high school while in the midst of meeting new college friends and adapting to a new environment, and that’s also okay. Take these four years to really learn about yourself, and let everyone else find their path too.