This Is What The Beginning Of Freshman Year Is Really Like

This Is What The Beginning Of Freshman Year Is Really Like

You are your top priority.

It is easy to let yourself become overwhelmed with such a new and strange setting. Many of us find that the transition from high school to college is one of the hardest that we have experienced. Depending on who you are you struggle more socially or academically or both are equally as difficult for you.

Personally, I have had my moments in both of these cases but I find myself putting these things before my health. With so much going on in our lives it can feel like the better choice is to skip that meal or stay up later studying. But, I can tell you from experience that this will eventually take a toll on you.

I am writing this as I enter the fifth or sixth week of school (not sure how anyone keeps track, everything goes by so quickly). Recently, on many different occasions, I have chosen the easy way out of situations. When I had work that could be finished later on I would use the work as an excuse to not eat. When I needed to study it became my excuse to not sleep. Then nearing the end of this week I realized that none of these habits are healthy.

I am writing this article to tell you that you are your own top priority. Although academics are extremely important you should never let them get in the way of your physical or mental health. I encourage you to try and stay aware of your behavior as best as you can so that the actions you are taking are easy to moderate. As I become aware of myself and noticed my mistakes I have been able to learn from them and improve.

Be aware of those around you as well whether they are peers or best friends. As freshmen, we all have internal struggles we are going through and coping with the transition is not easy. If you notice a friend is developing strange sleeping patterns or eating less try and encourage that they do those things.

Don’t let for anyone to feel alone in this situation as we are all experiencing a similar feeling

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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.

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Google Calendar.

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