Freshman Year Reflection

Freshman year is a year of firsts. From the day you move into your dorm to the day you pack up to go home for the summer, it is one big learning experience. Suddenly, you find yourself hours away from home and miles away from your comfort zone. This is terrifying for the first few days, until you realize everyone around you is going through the same thing. You find that you are surrounded by other students who are almost adults, just trying to make the most of these four (or five) years before they are thrown into the real world. There are so many things that are completely acceptable on a college campus that aren't when you return home for the summer. So here's a few things that my first year at Missouri State taught me.

The world is bigger than your hometown. You are likely to meet people from other cities, states and countries. Keep in mind that with different backgrounds comes a variety of beliefs and values. Respect the opinions of others, even if they do not match your own. 

Random roommates don’t always work out. I moved at the beginning of my second semester. Communication with my old roommate was basically nonexistent so we were not on the same page with anything. We had no similar interests and we were constantly stepping on each other’s toes. I moved in with one of my sorority sisters, who was not excited to give up the room she had to herself, but it improved my dorm experience immensely.

Don’t abuse your freedom. Yes, you can go out on weeknights but it doesn’t mean you should every week. Believe it or not, academics are your first priority. I mean, you didn’t think you were paying thousands of dollars each semester to only show up to class on exam days, did you? It’s even worth it to sacrifice a Friday night to stay in with friend or study. I was a lot better with this concept in the fall, but spring semester got the best of me at times.

You’re going to cry more. Emotions are constantly running high and your stress level is consistently higher than it ever was in high school. You might make it until finals week before it hits you, or it might be when your parents say goodbye after you move in. It’s okay though, it happens to everybody. Every now and then, you just need to let it all out or something small (like not cooking your popcorn fully) will cause you to tear up. It happens, okay?

You won’t wear the clothes you brought with you. This oversized t-shirt and leggings or athletic shorts trend is basically the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I just hope it lasts all the way through college because I’m really enjoying buying all my t-shirts a size up.

When freshman year is over, you won’t want to go home. The freedom of college without having too many real responsibilities is great. Returning home for summer probably means working so you can feed yourself next semester. You’re also more than likely moving back in with your parents after a year of said freedom, which comes with set restrictions.

Freshman year has definitely been a crazy one. The people I've met have grown to mean so much to me in an incredibly short amount of time. I can't imagine life without them. Sometimes I honestly forget that I met certain people 9 months ago, because it feels like they have been in my life forever. As cliche as it is, this year flew by. It scares me a little bit too, because I feel like I'm going to blink and three more years will have passed and I'll be walking across a stage getting my degree (at least, that's the plan). This was a challenging year, but I made it to the end and I could not have done it without the people that came into my life this year.

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1 comment:

  1. Thats awesome Caiti, from the heart xxxx