Wow. So this is college. Although I’m still a newbie at this whole “college” and “young adult” thing that I’ve been thrown into, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on these past couple months, and how drastically my life has changed within them.
First off, I just want to say in the words of Asher Roth, man I love college. These past few months have arguably been the best of my life. Although I was always happy in high school, I really think I am the happiest now that I have ever been in my life. A huge contributor to this is my migraines have almost completely gone away. Ever since I was 7 years old I lived my life getting 3-4 headaches a week, and body crippling debilitating migraines anywhere from once a week to once a month. I. Coming to college I have realized that a large part of this was having to wake up very early every morning after long nights of studying (never have been a morning person, never will be) and not being able to eat in class. Now I can adjust my class schedule to fit my sleeping patterns better, and since my school doesn’t impose jail-like rules (I’m looking at you Jensen Beach High School) I can snack throughout the day. This has honestly made all the difference in my quality of life, and I can happily say I’ve only had two migraines since I’ve gotten to FSU.
I’ve also fallen in love with all the once in a life time opportunities Florida State has provided me with. This varies from the once in a life time friends I’ve made, to the free Brad Paisley concert I went to, to getting to travel the country (FOR FREE) with one of the world’s best college marching bands. Even when I’m having a stressful day, I can’t help but be thankful for how much Florida State offers me, and how lucky I am to take advantage of it.
Classes haven’t necessarily been easy, but taking 12 credit hours this semester was definitely a good idea. Although my days can get a little hectic with Marching Chiefs practice every day, and I have already pulled an all nighter studying, my classes have not been overwhelming yet. I definitely think the heavy AP course load I took in high school prepared me for this (and I’m actually thankful for all those stupid AP classes) as well as a changed mind set. It’s not really a secret that I was a slacker senior year, but I came into college aware that getting good grades would require much more focus and studying. Although I’m still working to break bad study habits, I have definitely buckled down in school, and it’s really not too bad.
As great as all this has been, the thing I find myself struggling with the most is selfishness. I’ve found that college is an extremely self serving environment, for better or for worse. College (especially freshman year) is a time when everybody is just trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. It’s a time where everyone is constantly investing in themselves, whether it be academically, socially, or financially. While it is important that we take time to figure out who we really are, I find that many people, including myself, struggle to pull ourselves out of our little college bubble and focus on serving others. Wesley definitely offers more opportunities to serve than any other organization I’m a part of, and for that I’m thankful, but it can still be difficult to step back on a daily basis and remember there’s a very real world going on outside of Florida State and that there’s a lot of things that matter more than my GPA and Florida State football.
That’s all the big stuff but here’s a list of other things that have changed in my life:
- My hair’s gotten a lot longer since my mom isn’t here to make hair cut appointments for me
- I care about college football a lot more
- I changed my major from Public Relations to Family and Child Sciences. Don’t ask me what I want to do with that, I’ll get back to you in a couple years.
- I’ve only been to target once since I’ve gotten to Tallahassee and I miss daily trips there a lot
- I’ve talked to my insurance company by myself on the phone more than once
- I’m the tannest I’ve ever been thanks to Chiefs
- My nose ring fell out (no more pretending to be edgy) 😦
- I’ve become a lot more comfortable with small talk and meeting new people
- I’ll go out of my way to say hi to people, rather than go out of my way to avoid them
- Despite a decrease in headaches, I get sick a lot more (thanks dorm life)
- I actually enjoy cleaning and having a neat room
All that being said I couldn’t even dream of living the life I live now if it weren’t for my parents, and all the extremely hard work they’ve put in to getting me here. Being 6 hours away from home is tough sometimes, but that doesn’t keep me from being thankful every day that they’ve provided me with the opportunity to go to college debt free. I’m also thankful that they raised me the way they did, cause I think I have a pretty decent head on my shoulders, and I know most of that is due to the awesome 18 years I spent at home. Thanks mom and dad, for sometimes giving up your dreams to let me live mine.