When Senior Year Gets You In The Feels

When Senior Year Gets You In The Feels

I wish I could stay in college forever.
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Everyone tells you that college will be the best four years of your life. Boy were they right. When I think about everything that has happened throughout the past three and a half years of being at Florida State University I can't help but feel so incredibly thankful. I received lots of different advice when I was entering my freshman year.

People would tell me "Make as many friends as you can," "enjoy living in the moment," "the friends you make in college will be the friends you'll have for the rest of your life."

I truly had no clue what I was in for, and now here we are with only one semester left, two of my best friends just graduated, and I could not be more grateful for what this university has given me.

Senior year is like a giant smoothie of emotions. You're excited, nervous, sad, sentimental, anxious, and sappy all at once. The thought of not seeing all of my best friends every single day is honestly unbearable at times, but it also makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have found friends that make it so hard to say goodbye. It's true what they say, you really will find your absolute best friends in college.

Some of them will drive you nuts at times, some will make you laugh until you can't breathe, others will be the shoulder you cry on when times get hard, which they will.

College has been the best but also the most challenging years of my life. I've made incredible achievements, I've failed a class, I've found the women who will be my bridesmaids someday, I've experienced loss, grief, and the hardest situations I have ever had to face.

College is what molds you into the person you become. It teaches you to be independent, but to make friends you can depend on. It teaches you that you are capable of doing life on your own, but also that you never have to do it alone.

If I could go back in time and give my freshman year self some advice here are some things I would say.

1. Don't waste a single day.

Now that I have almost run out of time, it makes me look back on all the days I wasted just laying in bed or not doing anything for hours when instead I could have been spending that time with my friends. I could have been dancing until 2 in the morning with my best friends, getting security called on us three times, and waking up the next morning with legs so sore I can barely move from dancing so much. You only have four years. Don't waste them.

2. Make as many friends as you can, you're going to need them.

Your friends are your family in college. They will be the ones who take you to class when it's raining, take you to the emergency room when you fall out of your bed in the middle of the night and dislocate your shoulder, make you laugh until you cry, be there for you when a boy breaks your heart, encourage you to study harder or convince you to go out when you shouldn't.

3. Be the best friend you can possibly be.

I didn't truly understand what it meant to be a friend until someone was a true friend to me. I went through the absolute lowest and most challenging time of my life my sophomore and junior year of college and the reason I came out the other side a stronger person was because of my friends. They make me want to be a better person and a better friend because of the friend they've been to me.

4. Don't blink.

Four years will be gone like that.

Thank you to the ones who make leaving college so hard, I could never fully put into words how much you mean to me.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Rice

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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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Anderson Cooper: The Reporter I Aspire To Be

Anderson Cooper recently visited my school and continues to be a wonderful role model.

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I attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU and they really stress integrity, objectivity and professionalism in the news industry. Every year the Cronkite School gives out an award to a journalist they believe embodies and exceeds the values of reporting factual news.

This year the award went to Anderson Cooper.

Since I was little I have always looked up to Mr. Cooper. I would watch him on the news pretty regularly because my mom really enjoyed watching his reporting.

When I decided to get into journalism, he was always the person I'd have in the back of my mind that I wanted to embody. I saw him as someone who didn't really care what other people thought and would put his heart and soul into every story.

I'd see Anderson Cooper going into these scary scenarios where he would actually speak with the locals in these communities and be extremely kind and personable in his interviewing.

Today, all of my childhood opinions and perceptions about him couldn't have been truer.

Anderson Cooper is one of the most down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of hearing speak. He continued to make comments about how he doesn't see himself as any better or higher up than anyone else. If he sees you on the street and you say hello, he'll say hello right back.

There is no wonder his interviews have been so great. He connects with the people, no matter who you are.

He made the effort to spend time only speaking to us students after his award ceremony and answered any questions we had about moving forward in the journalism industry.

Mr. Cooper has given hope to us future journalists in that reporters are not the enemy. As long as we stay true to our unique characteristics and always make sure to only report the facts, we are being the best we can be.

I aspire to possess his empathy for others and their hardships. I aspire to be passionate about what I am doing. I aspire to express my voice in both my writing and reporting.

Anderson Cooper will forever be a role model as to how I want to be as a reporter.

You are an inspiration Mr. Cooper and I am so grateful to have been in your presence!

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