Why I Might Almost Miss College This Summer

Why I Might Almost Miss College This Summer

Of course I am ecstatic for break, but I am grateful for the experiences I had this past school year.
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I used to never understand how people could say that they love college. They must spend all of their time partying and not taking it seriously, I supposed. How else could they shed such a positive light on an institution that places so much stress and pressure on its students?

I used to never understand how people could be sad when the school year comes to a close. How could someone not be thrilled by the fact that we finally get a break from the endless exhausting hours of work and studying?

To be honest, I still cannot completely relate to how students feel that way. After this year, though, I think that I am starting to understand it just a bit more. When I look back at my sophomore year, I can admit that there are certain aspects that I am going to miss.

The past year has not been easy. I recently changed my mom's name in my phone to "Customer Service" after a joke she made about all the panicked and confused calls and texts that I send her way.

With that said, challenges are good. Taking the easy path has never been my way. I learned so much from the architecture program and made projects that I am truly proud of. I gained so many great memories from my extracurriculars as well.

For me, sophomore year as an architecture student meant endless hours in studio and quite a few sleepless nights. While I complained plenty at the time, I can look back at it now and recognize the amazing community that I had along the way. When I had trouble plotting was running late to review, students were by my side to keep me calm and get ready for pin-up. Whenever I was still working in studio at 4 a.m., I was hardly ever alone, and there was always someone there to talk to. When I was applying to internships and needed frequent advice along the way, I had an amazing instructor that cared and was always there to help.

I am so grateful to everyone who helped me along the way and for the opportunities that lie ahead. I do not know what my future will entail, but am finally confident that I have the resources and ability to make it a good one.

Perhaps I am speaking too soon about all of this. Perhaps I am overly sentimental since studio just drew to a close and final review went well. Most classes aren't even over, and grades won't be released for some time. Nevertheless, I think that what made this past year special was not striving to get good grades, but the good experiences in the meantime.

I should make it clear that I am still ecstatic that school is ending and that break is almost here. I am beyond excited to spend the summer at home with my family, see my friends, and start my internship. The good memories that I made this year, though, are ones that I will gladly keep with me forever.

Cover Image Credit: Alex Warner

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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Fall In Love With Failure In Order To Be Successful

Make failure your key to success.

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The world is full of 'no's.' From your parents saying no to you not being able to go out with your friends, to getting denied from the college you really wanted to go to. The word 'No' is defined as 'the negative answer or decision; getting the opposite of what is specified' according to Google.

If any of you follow Gary Vaynerchuk (better known as Gary Vee, famous entrepreneur and motivational speaker) said once that you need to 'fall in love with failure.' Accepting failure and how you handle that failure, really determines your destiny. (It does sound cheesy, but it is very true).

So many people let failure defeat them. You might say that failure might not defeat you, but inside it still does. Failure is a daunting feeling that makes you feel less than who you are. Or that you do not have enough potential for something. But here is the thing…YOU DO HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR SOMETHING.

I love failing. I know, it sounds crazy, but I like failing. Why? Because it helps me narrow down my options, and shows me what is meant to be, and what isn't. Failure is a sign from God saying, 'No, there is another way you can do this, you just haven't found it yet. Keep pushing forward'. I am a firm believer in 'if it's meant to be, it's meant to be, and if it isn't, it isn't'. Failure is like your guide through life, helping you stay off the roads you aren't meant to go down. And when failure does come to you, you essentially find another way.

For example, when you apply for college, you apply to several schools. (Unlike me, only applying to one). So, when I got a response back from the college, they denied my application. I was devastated because I had painted this whole picture in my head of myself there, and that it was the 'only way' to be successful and get to where I want to be in life. Well, I let myself be sad for a solid five minutes, but then I branched out my options, knowing that it is okay and that God didn't want me to go there as well, thus why I got denied. Failure really pisses me off, but it fuels the fire/drive for success I have.

My message to you is take that failure, accept it, maybe laugh at it! You will find another way for success. Just keep working hard, exploring, and making a difference, and you will end up where you need to be, regardless of how you get there.

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