Friday, May 26, 2017

My Freshman Year Motto

I think to some people this post may sound silly, and they may laugh it off as something they would never do. But honestly, this is truly why I believe that I had such a great freshman year. The back story is that I finished high school with a lot of regrets, that I had missed out on things that really would have made me enjoy my time more. I hated that feeling and it stuck with me; I became determined to not do the same thing in college. I wanted to make sure that at the end of my 4 years at Wake I didn't look back with the same feeling of regret. I want to look back on my time at Wake knowing that I squeezed every bit of opportunity out of it.

I focused my freshman year around one idea, putting myself out there. I vowed to take risks and say yes to things I normally wouldn't. And I can say that I did that. I have some of the best memories to show for it. One of my neighbors asked me a couple of days ago why I thought that I loved college so much. I knew I loved my freshman year but I struggled with an answer at the time, but the more I think about it, I realize I think it is because I took chances and I tried my hardest to experience everything I could. I ended up experiencing the best of everything Wake Forest had to offer. 

One example I always use when telling people about my freshman year is how I discovered a love for basketball games. If I would never have said yes to an invite from one of my friends I would never have realized just how fun basketball is. I still don't completely understand basketball, and I probably never will but honestly, that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Had I never taken this step outside my comfort zone I would have missed out on a lot of fun memories and great times cheering on the Deacs.

When I joined a sorority, I went out of my way to go to every possible event that they held. If I was free, I was going. I think this is why I fell so in love with my sorority because I put in the effort to really try and be apart of the group. But this doesn't just apply to sororities or greek life, but to any organization you are a part of. There are going to be events that any club holds that just don't interest you and that you would normally choose not to attend, but if you say yes and go to it then you may find a new interest, meet a new friend, or create a new memory. Putting yourself out there is truly the first step.

While I do absolutely love Wake Forest and think it is my perfect home away from home, I do not think it is necessarily the school that makes your experience. I think it is you and your decision to make the most out of every single day that you are there. It doesn't matter if you are at the smallest liberal arts college or a giant state school, take advantage of all it offers you. I hope this post can help two people, freshman going into college and people who are struggling to fall in love with their school. Everything is a decision, and today is the perfect day to make the decision to put yourself out there. 

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