Last Semester Perspective
What a journey college has been. I can tell you one thing for sure – I lived it with no regret. I, of course, have some bad memories, but each memory I have, good or bad, defined me and has molded me into the person I am today. I know going into my last semester has me very nostalgic, and looking back, my perspective of college, friends and myself has completely changed since I was a little freshman.
I remember coming to college not necessarily scared, but anxious. I had read about college, watched movies/TV shows and heard from everyone I knew about college. Basically, I thought I knew it all and was ready to conquer this next phase in my life. Oh how wrong I was. I learned a lot and learned it quickly. First and foremost, I tried to figure out college before I even attended. I had no idea college would figure me out. It’s all a learning experience; everything you do in college helps you experience life in a different way than before. You have all the power to make your life as great as you want in college; you just need to quit dipping your toe in the pool and dive in. I look back on college and sometimes wonder how I made it through, but at the same time if I had to go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything. Words for the wise – you will not define college, college will define you.
For those of you who don’t know, friends will come and go in college whether you like it or not. I learned that around my sophomore year. First things first, it’s okay to lose friends; you aren’t going to keep every friend you ever make. The group of friends you have one year may not necessarily be the same group the next. I know that personally I kept a hand full of very close friends and did away with all my not so close friends. A lot of the reasoning behind it was because I saw people change and I had to choose to either change with them or to stick with what I knew about myself. Just know it’s okay to lose friends. I never had an experience in high school with losing friends like I did in college, but now I understand how people are. Sometimes if you don’t want to change with them or see them changing in a way that you don’t like, just let go. It’s very simple.
Understand this – college will change you. If it’s for better or worse, that’s all on you. You will learn who you really are. There are no parents around to keep you in check, so let loose and experience life as you know it. All the decisions you make, friends you hang out with or even the events you go to will mold you into someone you might have never even known existed. So let loose and have fun! Live life with no regrets.