For me, the hardest experience of college has been the growing pains, and I am not definitely not talking about actually getting taller. College forces you to start figuring out who you really are, and this can be really messy. Starting freshman year, I moved to campus with an expectation of what college would be like. The classes will be challenging, I’ll miss my mom’s cooking, and there will be countless long nights studying and cramming for exams. I will make new friends, but I’ll still be very close with my high school friends. What I didn’t expect was how many memories I have made eating meals in the caf or the countless nights I have stayed up late to hang out with friends, talking, studying together or eating at Dales until closing. I did not expect to lose touch with most of my high school friends; I also did not expect to meet people that I click with at a whole new level than I had ever experienced before.
My frequency shifted when I came to SNC, and it has continued to shift since I have been a student here. I can feel that I have evolved as a student, a friend, and as an individual. Now that my senior year is coming to a close, I can really appreciate how much I have changed. Many people may not notice a difference, but I do. I think differently. I contemplate life to a different degree than I did before. Figuring out who you really are can be uncomfortable to experience, but in these times of challenge, I have grown a lot as a person, more than I ever thought I would. Being in college causes you to question a lot about the world and about yourself, but isn’t that the point? If you aren’t uncomfortable, maybe you aren’t taking enough risks. My advice to myself, if I could replay the last four years, would be to not be afraid. Don’t be afraid of failure, or challenge, or new and uncomfortable experiences. Keep an open mind. Take risks. Because in those times, you will grow and start to really figure out who it is that you are.