A Love Letter to My Freshman Year

A Love Letter to My Freshman Year

"You taught me more about myself in 2 semesters, than 4 years of high school ever could."

Dear Freshman Year,

We've been through a lot together. Although at times you were my enemy, you became a close friend and a forever cherished memory.

We spent many nights full of tears, laughter, mistakes, memories, and smiles. You taught me more about myself within 2 semesters than 4 years of high school ever did.

You taught me I am so much stronger than I let myself believe. I can truly accomplish anything I put my mind to, but I need to stop doubting myself first. You taught me I need to focus less on the opinion of others and more on my own happiness.

You taught me that friendships have no boundaries, no limits, and the truest ones are there through thick and thin. They can be made bonding over how much you hate that one evil professor when there's five of you crammed into a bathroom drunk at a party just trying to pee, they may be your "sisters", floormates, or just a familiar face in the halls you finally decided to say hi to. No matter how you met, they will be the ones that are there for all the crazy nights, long hours spent in the lib, through all the boy drama, and the girl drama. They will become your family.

You taught me that I am driven, I am worthy, and I am me. You taught me I don't need to change for anyone. I spent high school trying to fit a mold to please anyone I valued. You taught me to value myself and not to conform to anyone else's expectations. Because the best version of myself is the one I made on my own.

You taught me that even though I may feel like a strong independent woman, I will always need my family. Mom will always be there to hear me cry over the phone when life hits me like an oncoming train. Dad will always be there to motivate me and support me even when I don't think I can do it anymore. My brother will always be there to share my crazy stories with and bond over the crazy journey that is college. I may feel like my own adult, but they will always be my backbone.

You taught me to take one day at a time. Life moves too fast to worry about where I'm going to be 3 years from now, where I'm going to settle down, or try to plan out my entire career path. You taught me to live in the now because we aren't guaranteed tomorrow. Because of you, I wake up everyday with a fresh mind ready to take on whatever life may throw me that day and go to bed excited for what it may bring tomorrow.

Most of all, you taught me that college is truly going to be the best 4 years of my life. I'm sad that you and I have to say goodbye, but you have helped shape me into the strong young woman that is going to conquer the next 3 years and many more to come with grace, determination, and resilience.

You may not ever know how much you truly mean to me, but I will always hold you close to my heart. Thank you for all you've taught me.

I'll Miss You...


The Girl You Transformed

Cover Image Credit: Judena Cristino

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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