A Letter To Myself In Approximately One Year

A Letter To Myself In Approximately One Year

Things will be alright.

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Dear Me,

It's the beginning of January. You're writing this right now because you are experiencing anxiety over almost every aspect in your life right now: "where exactly will I be in a year?" "I don't know what I'm doing right now and I'm about to graduate." "Why isn't that stupid guy from Kappa Apple Pi not talking to me?" "How on earth will I pay off my student loans?" "Can I fail a class so I can stay an extra semester?" "Why can't I be in the shape I want to be?"

Girl. Homie. Honey. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Future you will be just fine. Wanna know how I know? Because it's obvious that you care and when you care, you will have the drive to pursue your goals and dreams. Also, I'm future you so I know these things since I'm living it. So listen up!

Don't worry that that one friend is already getting a job. There are so many companies and you've barely scratched the surface. What you think might be your dream job can end up not being what you want to do. Plus, that particular friend has a 4.0 GPA and doesn't go out on Thursdays. You have a 3.4 cum, have made the Dean's list in past semesters and still have time to be a part of three organizations and go out on Thursdays while making it to your Friday 9 am class. So who's really thriving?

Who cares that 17 people have gotten engaged over the holiday season? You're all under the age of 23. You have so much more life to live. Who cares if that guy stopped talking to you? You're a catch and you know you are. Not to mention that you're too stubborn to admit that there are three other guys who'd drop everything for you. Just be happy for the newly engaged couples and keep doing you. Mr. Right will stumble into you when the time's right. As for now, enjoy being single and all the perks that come with it.

You're not alone. Thousands of people your age are in the exact same boat as you. In fact, there are more people in your boat than the "I have a decent job right out of college" boat and the "look at my shiny engagement ring" boat.

You have no reason to worry. I know your anxiety is through the roof. Paint your nails, do a facemask, light a Yankee, and just continue to breathe. Keep reminding yourself that what you're doing has a purpose in this world. Keep in mind everything that you've already accomplished. You have done so much. You have traveled, pursued dreams, dated boys, and cried true tears. You have danced in the rain, drank on a school night, fought with a friend, and then made up and moved on. You're in school and you stayed in school through all the tough times and the tears and thoughts of dropping out. You're about the graduate with a degree. You are doing everything right.

Keep going, girlfriend. We got this.


Love,

Future you.

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."
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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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Exhaustion Is Setting In

I am so ready for the semester to end.

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I've been in college three years now, and let me tell you, I have never been more exhausted in my life. I knew Longwood would be tougher than my community college, but I have never wanted a semester to end so badly. My motivation is shot, I'm trying to find a summer job, and I'm honestly struggling to keep up my mental health. Every time I find myself on the phone with my Mom, she asks me, "how are you?" and I give her the same answer, "I'm tired." It's the truth. Over the last few weeks, I've been in a constant state of exhaustion while trying to find the motivation to get the rest of the semester knocked out.

Trying to find the motivation to do my work is not a matter of "oh, I can't do this." It is the matter of finding the energy to. I know I can get all my work done and do it well. Just finding the energy to look at my assignments is nonexistent right now. I try to keep myself upbeat and remind myself there are just a few more weeks. Soon, I'll be sitting on a beach with some great people and not a care in the world. On top of school, I am struggling to find a job for the summer currently, and about to apply to where my oldest brother works. He's going to LOVE having his little sister wandering around. Everything seems to be taking more energy lately, I could fall asleep right now and not wake up until Monday.

As I deal with this exhaustion, I try to do things that help me relax after working on my assignments for so long. Like rereading a book, writing out a few sentences for a new story, or drinking a cup of tea. When I feel like I'm going to lose my mind, I remind myself that all of this is transitory. The state I am in right now is not permanent, and will soon end once the semester is over and the last final is done. I'll be free, well, for three months at least. For three months, I won't look like a tired raccoon with bags under my eyes and dress like I just rolled out of bed.

Just a few more weeks: only three papers, one project, some quizzes, a test, a presentation, and finals stand in my way of being done with the semester.

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