You did it. It must’ve seemed like graduation would never come. After all these years, it’s finally over. No more being treated like a kid, no more permission slips to watch PG-13 Movies in class. You’re. DONE. Freshmen year, here you come!
But that’s the scary part, isn’t it? Your entire life you’ve always been told what to do. Now that you’re finally going to be on your own, making your own decisions.
Going to college supposedly means you have a plan. You have a major in mind, a future career you’re striving towards. Since my sophomore year of high school, I’ve known what I wanted to do. I told people my plans with confidence because I was passionate about writing. I knew what steps I needed to take to get there and what clubs and positions I was going to pursue.
But I had never been more confused in my entire life about anything. My senior year altered everything I ever knew about the life I had lived for the past seventeen years.
Things were changing.
I was terrified of the life I was going to be leaving behind, but I was also afraid of the new one that was waiting for me. Would things get better? Or would it all get worse?
My life was turning into a world of unanswered questions and I was wading in a sea of uncertain promises.
My main point in all of this: You aren’t going to know everything, and that’s okay.
I’ve now finished my freshman year of college and I’m left with even more unanswered questions about my future than when I started college. I learned more than I could have ever imagined, but all those knew pieces of information led to even more curiosity that sparked more questions.
That’s what college is about though.
College is about finding where you really belong in the world and how you fit in into this wacky thing we call life.
I encourage you to fly out of your comfort zone and explore. Try everything you can. Even if that means you make some mistakes and bad decisions along the way, you will acquire something from them.
Understand that everything isn’t going to go the way it’s supposed to. There are too many factors that cause changes in our agendas that may not always make us happy. Go with the flow, and recognize that things happen that they do for a reason.
Follow the path you were destined to take, and if you go a little off road, you’ll be able to find your way back in due time.
Everything is going to be okay, and you’ll do just fine.
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