To The College That I Now Call My Home

To The College That I Now Call My Home

I have finally found you.
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To the School that I now call my home,

I just wanted to say thank you. These last several months are some of the best I have had in a long time. On the outside I seemed to have everything put together but, on the inside, I was lost. I bounced from school to school, thinking of different things I wanted to be. I met thousands of faces knowing that they will be a distant memory and will not even think of me for a second anymore. All of that stopped when I came here.

This school is it for me. You were welcoming, inviting, scaring and exciting all at once. Even though it took me a couple of years to find you, I am glad that I did. This is the place where I found out I wanted to be an English major. This is the place where I focused on my skills as a photographer. This is the place where I got a better grasp as to what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Every day I wake up and think to myself ‘I am here for a reason, let’s make today count’, even on the days when I do not feel like getting out of bed.

There are days when your professors pile homework upon project upon essay and I feel like it is all too much for me. But, God would not put me in a place that He believed I could not handle. This school has challenged me in more ways than I had planned. But I am thankful for what has happened to me here. Some days, I cry my bloody heart out and others I walk out like I rule the whole damn place. Hopefully one day I can stand out and not shed tears anymore, just run the whole place.

I have made some good friends that I plan on keeping for a long time. They appreciate me, they support me, and they do not judge me (other than the occasional roast session). They accept the innocent, kind-minded, positive self and that is all I can ask of them. I want to thank them with every ounce of me. This is the place where I got to live with my best friend of 14 years and make even more memories with her that we will look back on and laugh about.

This is the place where I learned about all sorts of people, from different places around the state as well as around the country. I have learned different lifestyles, some more laid back than others and I have learned that everyone looks at things differently and that is not bad.

I have learned that this is only the beginning. I am only a junior and have so much more to learn about my craft and about my world. I am excited for all the people I am going to meet and all the memories that I will have under my belt. Thank you for allowing me into your school. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. Thank you for letting me call this place, my home.

Cover Image Credit: Deb Greengold

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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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.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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It's The Most Wonderful Time For  College Students

Let's get this bread.

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It's a new semester, and time to get it together. Especially if you had an okay or horrible semester for fall, whether something personal or grade-wise, it's a new start, with new classes and professors and a clean slate. So, as the people say, let's get this bread.

Spring semester, easily a little better than fall semester because we are all one step closer to summer break and some are one step closer to graduating and being released into the real world. *Que tears for all our senior friends leaving us* But probably for most, if not all, spring semester is what we need.

After a crazy fall semester, I know I needed a fresh start especially since some of my classes made me want to break down in tears every day during the fall (at my math class). With the start of a new semester and no math class for me to spend a lot of my attention on, I am hoping for a less stressful semester where I can focus evenly on each class without stressing myself out too much.

Math is one of those subjects where I have to put tons of focus and energy on it but I felt as if I have never struggled as much as I did last semester. Honestly, yes, I believe that in a lot of cases how you perform in a class is due to how you handle it individually, but in some cases, it can also be how the professor teaches it. And boy, did my math professor teaching style clash with how I learn.

BUT, with math now behind me, hopefully, spring semester will sort of just be a little bit of a breather and I can enjoy it more than I did in the fall. And I know I am not the only college student who has a struggle like I did, it's part of life and all we can do is our best.

Spring semester can be a new, clean slate for all us.

One thing I love about starting a new semester is how I can take the bad habits I had last semester, and improve them over the course of spring. I always try to improve my learning and study habits from previous semesters to continue helping me grow.

Spring is all about new and fresh beginnings, and the start of a new semester can give us hope from bad, past semesters. And sometimes what causes a bad semester isn't even our performances in the class. Sometimes, life comes at you and knocks you off your feet. Sometimes, it's more personal rather than class.

What happens on in our personal lives outside of college definitely can take a toll on our overall health. I know students who have lost family members, or just had a difficult time readjusting back to college life, or just were in a funk struggle to land on their feet throughout the semester, and I get that. I have my bad days too.

With a new semester on the horizon, we can all take a breather and work towards a less stressful and more wonderful spring semester to enjoy.

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