So in honor of so many of my friends here at college finishing up their final classes and exams and overall years of their undergraduate education I wanna just talk a little bit about my college experience so far I guess. It makes me a little emotional, not only for them, but realizing that I will be in their place in only 1 short year.
My time here at Virginia Tech has changed me more than I ever thought possible. 4 years ago, I was in my junior year at a high school with no more than 400 students at it. Now I sit in some of my lectures with more students than that in just one class. Seeing some of my friends that I graduated with, thankfully for Facebook and other social media, I can check out how their lives have been since they have left the little Avonworth bubble as well. Although they all seem to be loving their college experience as well as I am, I realize I am one of the only ones who seem to be so deeply immersed in my life here at college, that it takes more than a few scrolls to get back to my high school days on any given social media site.
At first when I came to Tech, I was by far the farthest away from home out of my close circle of friends that I graduated with. They all saw each other regularly, and I only came home about once a semester. I realize today that I have only probably seriously hung out with anyone I was close with in high school no more than 2 times since my 3 years here at Tech. It sounds so cliche, but it amazes me how fast things can change, how far apart you can grow from people you thought would be in your life forever, and how fast someone you just met can become so important to you.
Although I am far from done enjoying my college days, I am lucky enough to realize that they won’t last forever, and I will be moving on into the real world (or hopefully just grad school) in just one short year. My roommate Charlotte just recently posted something on Facebook of “Things She Has Learned Since Being at College” considering she is graduating at the end of this semester. I think I’d like to do something along those lines, and just reminisce a little bit about the three amazing years I have already had here. So here it is:
Official Unofficial List of Kate Ward’s College Knowledge
1. Go to class. – I have friends that will argue this with me until they are blue in the face, but this is one of the best things I have figured out about college so far. It seems simple, but a lot of people don’t do it. Whether it is getting to know about an assignment, get attendance points, sit next to your friend to tell them something that happened the day before, or to simple go and learn, GO TO CLASS! YOUR PROFESSORS WILL NOTICE AND IT CAN ONLY HELP YOU IN THE LONG RUN.
2. Learn to
love like coffee – coming to college I used to hate even the smell of coffee. I would love watching my parents drink it, and would have the occasional fancy half hot chocolate-half fun flavored coffee from starbucks, but never any real coffee. I feel like a real adult now that I actually need it. It’s kinda scary.
3. Put down your phone – Face time is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and those around you. Whether it is your roommate, best friend, professor, or even the cashier at the grocery store or teller at the bank, take the time to be off your phone for the 5 minute interaction you will be having with those people. It makes everyone’s lives a lot less stressful and makes you seem like a more genuine person, compared to all those other zombies constantly glued to their phones.
4. Tell the truth – This one is pretty simple, I don’t even feel I have to elaborate on it. There have been a million instances where just telling the truth the first time would have made for a better outcome, and lies don’t make anyone happy in the long run. Just don’t do it.
5. Give Back – Helping other people, does it really get any better than that. Coming from Virginia Tech I am a little biased, my school’s motto being “ut prosim” or “that I may serve” stands pretty close to my heart. There are so many ways to give back in my community it astounds me everyday. “To prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served” is part of my sororities creed, which really explains how great community service can be.
6.“Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first” – Recently there have been a few things happening in my life that have made me realize that I need to work on ME more. I have always loved my life, but I feel like I have been doing a lot of things I do for others, and not myself. Once you realize that you need to be happy before anything else can fall into place, the better off you will be.
7. The past can hurt, but it’s the past for a reason – I have always struggled with anxiety and things like that, and have been kind of a grudge holder. This year has made me realize that so many things, whether they are good or bad, happen for a specific reason, even if you don’t know what that reason is yet. After a series of events my junior/senior year of high school, I have thanked God everyday that I ended up at Virginia Tech. What happened sucked, and I mean SUCKED, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t, and I couldn’t be more grateful and happy to be where I’m at. It is important to learn to trust life, and what happens in it. Some things are worth holding on to, and some things are worth letting go. Learn to tell the difference between the things that matter, and the things that don’t. Let your past shape you, not ruin you.
I had a bunch more, but I think I will do a sequel to this post at some point when I think of more. Overall, I am just grateful for my time here at Virginia Tech and cannot believe I only have 1 more year left. Put since I just love pictures, here are a few pictures to sum up my time here.