Freshman no more! Reflecting on my first year of college

Well, my first year of college is over and I am back home. Boy, did that go by fast! First, I would like to apologize for the lack of blog posts throughout this year. I was exploring, enjoying, and creating a new life for myself. It was a great year full of new friends, unforgettable experiences, and a ton of fun! However, looking back at the year I am bummed that I did not take the lessons that I learned and experiences that I had and wrote about them. Seeing that I can make time for both my life and writing is exciting, and it is my hope that I can do that in the future.

Spending a year away from my hometown, friends and family was a huge adjustment that was anything but easy. It took a lot of time to get acclimated to a new environment. It was a new place that differed greatly from where I had grown up my whole life. There were restaurants that I had never heard of, and people said words and phrases differently than I did. Who knew I would have felt like the odd one out because I said ‘pop” instead of ‘soda’. However, the differences between the towns were the smallest difference that made this move hard. The biggest difference that made this change the most difficult was the fact that my loved ones were no longer a part of my everyday life. Everyone was back home, and I was in this new place with a whole bunch of people that I did not know… Yet, even though there were challenges and hard times getting adjusted to this new place, it wasn’t long before I was calling this new and foreign place home.

While getting adjusted and acclimated to a new place, I knew that the only way I was going to truly get the experience that I wanted was to get involved. There were so many opportunities available to me, and I had to make the initiative to put myself out there and find something that I enjoyed. Having so many options to pick from left me able to find the perfect place for me.

The first thing that I got involved with our Student Government Association, which opened me to so many different ideas and people. It helped me grow as an individual simply by teaching me how to express my opinion in a positive way, and also how to respect others who opinions might differ from mine. But mostly, being involved in Student Government taught me that I have a voice, and it is my job to use it. Joining and being a part of this organization that has such a positive impact on the university and students is something that I am extremely proud of.

The second opportunity that I decided to get involved in was formal recruitment. This was something that I was not 100% sure was the direction for me, but I decided that it was not going to hurt to go through and try it. I am very thankful that I made the decision to go through recruitment because it opened my world to something that I did not know I was missing. Delta Delta Delta had the biggest impact on my life, and I am so grateful that I became a member. I have grown tremendously just from this first year of being a member. I have been challenged not only to be a better version of myself but a better member of society. I have been encouraged every day to be myself, and follow my dreams. And lastly, I have been supported through whatever difficulty or hard time came my way by the other members. This experience alone contributed greatly to my first year at college, and I am looking forward to all of the other amazing things this organization brings to me throughout the next three years.

Aside from the organizations that have helped me grow and become the individual that I want to be, there is another big part of college that had a great impact on my first year- my friends. The individuals that I met and began new friendships with are some of the greatest people that I have ever met. I made friends whom I have so much in common with and understand how I think and the interests that I have, while I also made friends who are completely different than me. These friends allow me to see different aspects of life, and get out of my comfort zone. I have grown so much as an individual because of the new and positive influences from the people that I have met and begun relationships while away at school.

The lessons that I learned, experiences that I had, and the people that I had made the first year at college an amazing one. Now, being home and away from it all makes me all more excited for the year ahead, however, I am taking the time that I have with my friends and family and just simply enjoying it.

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