Freshman year of college is fun. You're on your own for the first time, feeling things out, staying out as late as you want, eating what you want when you want, and doing whatever you want. There's so much to do. All. The. Time.
Freshman year of college is exciting. You make new friends and start making new memories. You learn a lot about life and people and yourself. Your life is finally beginning.
Freshman year of college is confusing. You're in a new place, and you're alone. You have all these decisions to make. Major? Clubs to join? Am I actually going to go to lecture today? Go Greek or not? Party or not? Drink or not? What happened last night? What am I doing here? Do I belong here? What am I doing with my life? Is this worth it? Who am I? Who will I be? Who am I becoming? Is that a good thing? Who do I want to be?
Freshman year of college is hard. Exams are rough. Classes are rough. Homework is rough. Studying is rough. Sleep becomes an option. College is academically challenging, and it's challenging in a way high school never was. You have to accept that you aren't going to effortlessly succeed.
Freshman year of college is an ego check. You aren't the best at everything. You probably aren't the best at anything. You may never be the best again. There are people here that are smarter, work harder, look better, run faster, sing better, are more involved...the list never ends. You'll ask yourself if you're good enough the way you are. The answer is yes. I hope.
Freshman year of college is an awkward transition. Maybe the most awkward transition of your life.
Freshman year of college is emotional. So. Many. Feelings. All. The. Time. Happy. Sad. Scared. Angry. Hysterically laughing. Crying. Screaming. Excited. Elated. Conflicted. Confused. Lost. Silly. Upset. Smile. Frown.
Freshman year of college is a lot of things. But I've realized that it's not that bad. It's pretty great actually. It's hard. It's a challenge. But as a college freshman, I am not alone. We all have trouble sleeping, we all are taking classes that are kicking our asses. We all feel lost and scared and lonely sometimes. We're all just trying to do our best with what we have. We'll make it. And then we'll laugh and say, "hey, that wasn't so bad."
Have fun, guys. Four years will be over before we know it.