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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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