By KaLeigh Underwood
It’s already September. This summer passed quicker than a blink of the eye, and now we are back to school, back to work, back to routine.
I am already in my third week of my senior year at Eastern Kentucky University. Last week, I applied to graduate for the spring semester. Can we take a minute to talk about how unreal that feels to me?
You know, when I was in high school, older people would always tell me not to blink, that before I knew it I would be graduating high school, then I would take a breath and be 50. So far, those people have been right.
It feels like just yesterday I was moving onto Eastern’s campus for the first time. I remember that scared freshman well. It seemed that, like all other freshman, she had no idea what she was doing. Looking back now, I really didn’t.
Learning the in’s and out’s of college life in general takes some time and getting used to. But looking back on my years now, there are a few things I wish I would have done differently.
First, I wish I would have taken more time for myself. Being the perfectionist that I am, I have always been focused on school work first. My train of thought on college has always been: do well in school, make good grades, get a good job later. While that’s true, I feel like I missed out on different social activities because I was too busy holed up in my dorm room or the library studying or doing homework when on a few different occasions, I could have been out with friends. Basically, don’t forget about your studies, freshman, but also don’t always turn down opportunities to hang out with friends for study sessions.
Second, don’t be afraid to go to mixers with other students! As a freshman, my dorm required I go to one activity a month that was organized by different R.A’s in my hall. I always went to one, mostly because I was afraid of getting into trouble since they were mandatory. But, now I wish I would have attended more functions. Every month the Honors program has a pizza supper, in my three years at Eastern I have been to one. I think there’s a possibility I missed out on friendships because I was determined that the small friend group I had was adequate, (which they were), and I didn’t need anyone else. Who knows who I could have met if I had ventured outside my room.
Lastly, freshman, you’re about to have the best experience of your entire life. College has been a time for fun, for growing up, for independence and for new experiences. But before you know it, you’ll be sitting at your computer bleary-eyed because you’re writing a column about the things you think you missed. Your time will be over. You will become just another alumni.
So my final piece of advice? Try hard to soak in every moment, and capture every memory. This time is going to fly by, even if you don’t realize it right now. Work hard, play hard, and enjoy this moment.
And remember, try not to blink.