An Open Letter to UMW

An Open Letter to UMW

To the school I thought wasn't going to be for me.
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Dear UMW,

Let me start off by saying one thing. I love you. Let me be totally honest, I didn't think you were the one for me at first, but this has changed dramatically over the past year and a half.

I got accepted in the fall of my senior year and my family was more excited than I was. My dad and I took a tour, and I began to fall in love. The first building we were in was Lee Hall. At first, I felt overwhelmed with the feelings of being at a college and knowing this could be where I would spend the next four years. I saw the old buildings and Ball Circle, a place I could see myself doing homework and hanging out on on the warm days with my friends. I saw the UC, which wasn't quite finished yet, and was so excited to see what the finished product would look like.

I had gotten accepted to Longwood and Randolph-Macon. I thought almost for sure that I would be going to Longwood. You had kind of gone through my mind as something like "UMW? Yeah right!" I talked to my parents and I learned what a great fit you were going to be for me. You are close enough to home, but not too far away. If we're going to be honest, I had something in mind to keep my nerves at bay. That thing was the fact that I would go to UMW for a year, and if I decided after that that you were not for me, I would reapply to different schools.

Once freshman year had started, that thought had completely diminished. I had met so many new people. I loved my dorm in Room 341 of Virginia Hall. I had struck out with my roommate and two suite mates. We were one of the few rooms in the building with suite-style bathrooms. How lucky were we!

Choosing you as my school has blessed and continues to bless my life with many things. I reconnected with my best friend that I hadn't seen in about two years. That probably wouldn't have happened if I wasn't at UMW.

I love the school spirit at the basketball games and everyone yelling "GET DIRTY, GO WASH!" I love bench sitting. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go on urbandictionary.com and type in bench sitting. You'll see what I mean. I love seeing what campus looks like in the snow. So quiet and so peaceful. I think I can speak for many people when I say that T-Pain is our best President yet. I love going to Lip Sync in the Fall to watch the Disney Channel medleys and people making a fool of themselves. I fell in love with you the most at Eagle Gathering when we walked down Campus Walk as the full Class of 2019 to Ball Circle while people played the bagpipes and we each lit candles; what a special feeling.

I have never felt less than any of my peers. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Not everything is always perfect, but it comes pretty close.

Here's to the next two-and-a-half years!

GET DIRTY, GO WASH!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Danger Of Future Tripping

Making small goals can help you achieve a better tomorrow.

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The future is mysterious. Because of this elusive, unknown timeline we all face, why shouldn't we spend our time daydreaming of our distant goals and desires? These dreams have a tendency to taunt us in our seemingly boring present life. But it feels so wonderful to visualize ourselves in a better, distant state of absolute satisfaction and fulfillment in all aspects of our future. This visual that we create of a happier, healthier, and stronger self, is what we consider to be our ending goal; our definition of success.

So what is future tripping, and why is it detrimental to our future success and present satisfaction with our lives? According to Healthyplace.com future tripping is a "human condition of peering into the imagined future and anticipating the outcome," but what's wrong with visualizing our "perfect" future career, future lifestyle, and future home, with a wood burning stove and all? Well, before I completely bash visualizing a "better" you, I have to give it credit because it gives you a motivator. The issue is that people, including myself, get so caught up in what we want rather than what we need to do to achieve this version of ourselves and our life.

If we were to only focus on our ending goal, we are creating an existence of madness, and impatience. We need to begin making smaller goals and smaller effort in an effort to become better. A peer of mine said something the other day that struck home. In my own words, he said, "You can only be better than the person you were yesterday." What a simple, achievable goal to work on daily. It sets the bar low, making it easier to feel satisfied as you lie in bed at night and think, "What did I do today that made me a better me than yesterday?" In making these small, easily achievable goals daily, you are working towards this future "self" you wish to become. In other words, you must walk before you can run.

The sooner we begin rewiring our consciousness to confront our current life, self, and mini goals, the more attainable and realistic our far-off goals will become. Each day must be lived, that is a fact. If we are always thinking about tomorrow, or a year from now, or decades from now, we are wasting the precious opportunities of living, exploring, and growing that today offers. If we continue to romanticize and future trip, our levels of current satisfaction will begin to plateau.

I'd like to add and reiterate, that it is good to plan, and that it is good to have an overarching goal to work towards. College presents a perfect environment for structuring your goals (career/life path), and giving you daily errands (homework) that slowly, but surely, take you closer to your desired outcome.

So I hope that in reading this, you will start to catch yourself from future tripping in those moments of current disappointment and make a goal to make tomorrow better.

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