A Letter To My Sophomore Self

A Letter To My Sophomore Self

Remember to take in every little thing about where you are and the people that you meet.
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Dear sophomore me,

Well, you made it through the first year. I was definitely not the easiest. There were good times and bad times. Sometimes all you wanted to do was go home, other times you felt completely numb to everything and everyone. While it may be true that the moments of pure happiness and self-condifdence were few during your freshman year, now you have a fresh start. You're back in the downtown that you've pretty much memorized after countless afternoon walks, not to mention back with the people that you haven't seen in months. There will undoubtedly be challenges this year as well, but now you know that there's nothing you can't handle.

I highly doubt ignoring the FOMO will get any easier. This feeling was very new to you last year, but you got through it. Most importantly, you realized that you are not the type of person who can live their happiest and most fulfilling life by constantly going out and being as social as they possibly can. Remember that you need time to yourself. Remember how refreshed you'd feel after a day of relaxation with your favorite TV shows followed by a walk in the late afternoon. You need this time to get ready for the week ahead- to recharge your brain so that you can do the best at the work you are given. While it may be true that the feeling you're missing out will never go away, I firmly believe that it will be much easier, this year, to be confident in your choice to take some time to yourself.

Aside from the social aspects of going back to college, there are, of course, going to be plenty of academic challenges. Keep managing your time the way you have been, as you have done well in your classes so far. Most importantly, don't get so stressed out about things. You're going to fail a quiz or a test here and there. It is not the end of the world. Your professors only want to help you, which is why you ought to make more of an effort to get to know them this year. You're a sophomore now, you know the ropes, and you know that they're people just like you. I know you're probably not going to listen to me when I say this, but don't procrastinate. Please, for the sake of our sleep, don't wait til the last minute to start a paper or start reading a very dense book. I will definitely take you longer than you think it will.

Remember to take in every little thing about where you are and the people that you meet. This is the best way to learn. They are from all different walks of life and, as you continue to grow up, do your best to learn a little about the world outside your own. After this year, you're already halfway done. Savor the new and interesting experiences that will undoubtedly fall upon you, but don't forget to take time to yourself if that is what you need to recharge. So, here's to sophomore year. It's going to be a wild ride.

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50 One Liners Drunk Girls Say

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We all know it when we see it; drunk girls are always easy to spot and will say or scream at least two of following things below on a night out after a few (too many) drinks.

1. I'm not even drunk

2.Do you want to get food?

3. Is he cute?

4. What should I get to drink?

5. Should I text him?

6. I'm literally fine.

7. I'm going to cry.

8. I'm leaving right now.

9. This is my favorite song.

10. Will you dance with me?

11. I haven't even had that much to drink.

12. I hate him.

13. Why won't he text me back?

14. I can't believe this.

15. Do you want a shot?

16. Ppppllleeeeaasssee.

17. Who was that?

18. Let's go to a different bar.

19. I'm never drinking again

20. How did I get this drunk?

21. Let's stop at Five Guys.

22. I'm calling an Uber.

23. Why do I still like him?

24. I'm calling him.

25. Will you help button my body suit?

26. Will you take our picture?

27. Why is Uber surging already?

28. Let's late night.

29. I'm just really upset.

30. Do you want a drink?

31. What should I make my Instagram caption?

32. Do I look fat?

33. Get in this picture.

34. OMG, *insert crush* is at *insert bar*, let's go!

35. He texted me.

36. I just found my husband.

37. Look at him, omg.
38. Wait, is that __ from biology?

39. I am so hungry.

40. He asked me to come over.

41. Where are you going?

42. I am not going over to his house.

43. I am going home.

44. I'm exhausted.

45. I'm going to throw up.

46. Do you have a hair tie?

47. I'm bored.

48. I think I'm dying.

49. Will you call me in the morning?

50. I'm going to sleep so good tonight.

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What do you think of a woman breastfeeding her baby in public? I asked on Twitter and Instagram
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Picture this, you’re strolling through the mall and to your left you see a woman sat on a bench cradling her baby...except the baby is feeding on the mother’s breast. How do you feel about that?

This past week, in my reporting class, I was asked to go create a vox pop (basically comments from the public) about their opinions on women breastfeeding in public, because where I am studying, Salford, England, has a charity called B.O.O.B.S that supports women to be comfortable breastfeeding, even in public settings. As I suspected, the people I talked to all said that it doesn’t bother them at all, but I did receive one response that surprised me. The way in which one woman answered me was (and I’m paraphrasing here) ‘No it doesn’t bother me. I don’t see it as a current problem, and don’t think has been for a while.’ I interpreted this as her having a sort of condescending tone in her voice, as if she was really thinking ‘Why are you asking people about this? Everyone accepts it, who cares?’, but this struck my curiosity, is it really comfortable for everyone? So I tested my theory through Instagram and Twitter polls.

The results of the polls clearly show that women breastfeeding in public is widely accepted, but there still are people that don’t necessarily approve of it or feel like it depends on the situation. So, I asked people that took part in the polls why they answered the way that they did.

Makes them uncomfortable: “It makes me feel uncomfortable because I do not want to see another woman’s boob. I am the first one to say, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, but I don’t think it is always appropriate to just whip out your boob. Women can always pump too. If a woman is covered up, then I am totally cool with it. It is a very important bonding experience for both mother and baby, and I just feel that it is more of an intimate thing that should be done in privacy. I do not have kids yet, but I do not think I would be comfortable breastfeeding in public. Maybe if I had one of those scarves or blankets, I would feel more comfortable.” -Female, 21

It depends on the situation: “I'm totally good with the idea of women should be allowed to breastfeed in public, it's natural and they're just feeding their kid. However in certain settings like say, a restaurant, where food and drinks are being served, doing that flat out at the table makes me uncomfortable because food handling and food service have health codes and to me, that just makes me uncomfortable. But a woman should have every right to feed their child with a bottle as they do with their boob, I just get weird in restaurants.” -Female, 21

Totally comfortable: "I do not mind breastfeeding at all in public because I think there is an international stigma about it which needs to be gotten over. It is one of the most natural things a woman can do and the benefits to the child are vast, which is another reason I am all for it. I think mothers should breastfeed their children if possible and the declining or low rates of breastfeeding may be due in part to this stigma." -Male, 21

My opinion you ask? Generally, I am completely comfortable with it. If a woman is lucky enough to be able to breastfeed her baby (not every woman actually can), she should be able to do so wherever/whenever she and the baby please to. It’s completely natural, and NEWS FLASH that’s actually why women have breasts. But, if it does make you uncomfortable, I can understand that too, because in reality it still is a form of public nudity (except it has a crucial purpose). Either way, a baby needs to be fed when it’s hungry and if that means it’s while they’re out it public, so be it, if it bothers you then just look away.

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