A Goodbye To My Freshman Dorm Room

A Goodbye To My Freshman Dorm Room

Thanks for the memories.
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In August, I left home, but that's exactly what you have become. For nine months, I have found refuge in you. Now it's time to leave.

I'm surprised how sad I am to leave my small dorm room. When I first moved in, I thought to myself, 'This feels cold.' Now, my small dorm room is anything but cold. It is cozy and where I feel safe. It's become normal for me to call it 'home.' Most of all, it's where my freshman year began. It's also where it will end.

When I first moved in, I felt sad sitting alone in the foreign room after my family left. Now, although I'll be happy to spend time with family and move into an apartment, a part of me will stay behind in this place I once called home.

For many, a dorm is just a dorm, but for me, it has been a place of memories that will last a lifetime.

Moving in with a random person is scary. I was so nervous to live with someone I didn't know, but I definitely hit the roommate jackpot. When you find a friend in your roommate, you find someone to stay up to all hours of the night talking with about anything and everything. You find someone to watch the shows you love with. You find someone to order Chinese food with when you're too lazy to leave your room. Most of all, you find a best friend.

I dread the day that I move out of my dorm. It will be like (literally) closing the door on a chapter of my life - my freshman year of college.

No matter how much you are dreading living in a dorm, try to love every second of it. Live for these moments. The days spent in your dorm room will be the days you tell stories about someday. These days will be days you'll remember for years to come; days you'll look back on with a smile.

SEE ALSO: To The Freshman Who Will Live In My Dorm Room Next Year

To the people who move into my dorm after I leave, I hope it treats you as well as it did me. Those four walls hold so many memories- memories that I hope you get to make for yourself as well.

Farewell to the first place I lived without my parents. Farewell to my home away from home. Farewell to my freshman year dorm room. Thanks for the memories.

Cover Image Credit: Kacey Finch

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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Embracing Singleness

I often wonder, "why not me?" and I'm sure every other single girl out there is with me on that one.

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Far too often I have thought of singleness as a curse.

Far too often, I have been asked by family members why I haven't gotten a boyfriend yet.

Far too often, us girls let those thoughts and questions into our minds, and we, in turn, begin to question what's wrong with us.

However, throughout my college career, I have learned that while I have always thought of being single as a curse, it is just a time for real, raw growth.

I am in no way dissing those who are in healthy, life-giving relationships. I know that there are a time and season for everything, and everyone's path is different; mine has just happened to be a long road of singleness.

Coming to college, I imagined my time in school to go something like this; move to my campus, settle in, find some friends, and then find the love of my life.

I know, cliche.

However, when my freshman year of college didn't play out exactly like that, I began to feel a little ashamed subconsciously. I saw some of my friends beginning to date guys and become serious with those they had already been talking to.

Sophomore year came, still no boyfriend.

Junior year came, still no boyfriend.

Senior year came, still no boyfriend.

Don't get me wrong; I am in no way idolize being in a relationship, I very much know who I am, however, when I saw a lot of the people around me in relationships I began to wonder, "why not me?".

While I have a solid group of friends, a strong family, and a stable relationship with The Lord, the thought would still subconsciously make its way to my brain.

However, I have learned to look at singleness as a blessing, and a period of growth for myself.

There will never be another time when I have as much freedom as I do now.

So, while I wait, I remember to embrace the state of life that I'm in at this very moment.

Singleness is not a curse, and it's time we embrace it as a blessing.

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