As I Say Goodbye To Freshman Year

As I Say Goodbye To Freshman Year

I am a better person because of my freshman year.

As I look out onto campus for one of the final times this year, I can't help but think how fast time flies around here. I vividly remember how excited I was the night before I moved in, and now I'm packing up to head back home for the summer.

With that comes a lot of mixed feelings. I am thrilled to see my family, friends, and most importantly, my dog, but I am going to miss college life. I will miss having friends just a short walk away, the perks of having my own living space, the all-nighters, and even the food (shoutout to UMass for having the most ‘extra’ dining halls ever). I now have two homes, and I look forward to a relaxing summer at the one in which I spent the first eighteen years of my life. I know a part of me will miss school, but that’s OK. Patience is a virtue, and I will be back here before I know it.

It's not all rainbows and butterflies, though. College is hard. I'd be lying if I said I would do it all over again without changing anything. At times, classes drained the life out of me. My jam-packed schedule became a hassle. I found out who my real friends were, and sometimes that happened the hard way. But I did not let people or things break me. I was expecting there to be plenty of up’s and down’s just like anything else, and everything always works out in the end. I put things into perspective, and came to the realization that the past nine months will not determine how the rest of my life plays out. It has been a learning experience that others would kill to have, and I am forever grateful for that.

I have changed in ways that I didn't even know were possible, and I could not be happier about it. It truly has been one hell of a ride. I have learned a lot, had a ton of fun, and met some of the most amazing people. I am a better person because of my freshman year, and I can't wait to get back here in the fall and make sophomore year even better.

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Spring break is three weeks away and I am already counting down the days. Why didn't anyone warn me that Sophomore year is so stressful? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to further my education. However, sometimes I just have to put my feelings first, and admit that I feel overwhelmed by my college workload.

Before any adults say “college is easy, you just need to apply your time” I do apply my time! This semester I am taking 18 credits, writing for the Odyssey, and active in two on-campus clubs. For those who are in the same predicament and balance a full/part-time job, I salute you. Recently, on Twitter, I came across a tweet stating “College isn't hard, the work just piles up on you” and related to that completely. I feel teachers should give homework because it gives clarity and practice in concepts that were not understood in class. But homework such as 40 multiple choice questions in macroeconomics, 40 multiple choice questions in accounting, 145 pages to read in fashion, a two page in essay in business writing, 45 pages to read plus a discussion question in international marketing, and 16 short answer questions in organizational behavior per week is excessive! Especially if you are not naturally gifted, so you have to take time outside of class to review lessons. And guess what? Somewhere in between all that work, I have to find time to eat, exercise, socialize, sleep, and apply for summer internships. On top of that, when you suffer from anxiety, managing symptoms is a full-time job in itself.

Its hard when you want to be successful but the process of achieving success requires you climb up a narrow mountain with a broken arm with 20/70 vision.

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Nevertheless, When I feel defeated (which is often) I refer to my motivational quotes which states “Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs” and “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” to get me through. College is definitely a never-ending cycle of headaches, but I’m confident that I’ll eventually enjoy the fruits of my labor. Therefore, cheers to 2 ½ more months in the semester.

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