I need some answers, ASAP.
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So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.
Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.
We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.
With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.
And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?
Three years ago I was shaking in Bed Bath and Beyond with my mom trying to figure out which mirror I wanted for my vanity. I was startled with even the thought of leaving Florida and packing up to head off to The University of Arizona. Everything seemed so far during my senior year until the late months of June and July hit. Every day felt just a little bit closer to a new reality that I would have never expected. It was scary, yet so exciting to think about this new place that I would be spending the next four years of my life at. Speaking to people online and having endless GroupMe's of incoming students, lessened the anxiety of not knowing anyone. I was the only person from my high school going to Arizona, and everyone thought I was absolutely crazy for going so far.
The day came that I had to say bye to everything I knew for the past 18 years and look at the newest part of my life which would be college. Luckily I came during Panhellenic recruitment, so I was kept busy and barely had time to think about even being upset about saying goodbye to my family. I'm not going to lie, goodbye's suck but it makes the next hello's even better and more exciting. Everything seemed to be moving faster than I could have ever imagined, and my college life was flashing before my eyes. Next thing I knew, I would be wrapping up my first semester and figuring out the next steps in my major while adding a minor.
There would be days that I would miss my family and think about what it would be like to go to school locally. Yet, then I would think about how much I've grown over the few months that I have been away, and there would be nothing but a smile that would cross my face. Some days you'll just want to run home to your parents and tell them everything that's wrong without thinking about what's right, but at the end of the day, you're in the right place for the right reasons. The decisions that you've made up to here have been correct and only to further your future and steer you in the right direction. You know yourself the best, and this was the right move for YOU.
You're going to have people in your ear sometimes, telling you what's wrong or what's right. Remember to stay true to yourself and always remember how you grew up and the person that you were before you came to college. You'll always have a piece of that person you were within you, but you'll constantly be growing which is ok. We can never predict the changes that we want in our lives, we can hope for what we want to see in the future yet nothing is completely determined. College is a strange reality that only exists in the bounds of your cross-streets and lecture halls. It's the best experience of your life and the strangest one as well which makes it your own.