Sitting here, finally at home, I can't believe how fast this school year has flown by. It literally feels like just yesterday I was graduating from high school and heading to Southern for SmartStart. Now, I'm finished with my first year of college, and I'm a sophomore!
I went to the gymnastics home show at my old school last night, and while there, I said hi to one of my former assistant coaches. His daughter goes to Southern, too and will be graduating soon. He pointed out has fast time flies-you'll blink and then your college years will be over. This is very true. I remember when I was a freshman in high school and one of the seniors told me something similar, that you'll blink and the next thing you know is you're graduating high school. Sure enough, she was right. And so is my former coach. I was arriving at Southern for the first time, I blinked, and now here I am, done with finals and my first year of college.
Now, I'll admit that there were plenty of times this year when I wished so much to be able to skip through my remaining years of college and be ready to walk down the aisle to get my diploma. Those were the times when I felt stressed and overwhelmed. I just wanted to be done with classes and got a start on the next chapter in my life. Being able to blink and then skip the remaining duration of college sounded fantastic to me! Unfortunately, the truth that I've been told is that it doesn't exactly get easier once you graduate. Sure, it's nice to not have to worry about things like homework, papers, and projects, but there's a whole new level of things to deal with. With that in mind and the fact that these years really do fly by, I've realized this year that though there will be times of stress and feeling overwhelmed, these can be some of the best times of you're life if you take advantage of them. There's so many opportunities to have fun, make new friends, experience the high's and the low's, grow closer to God, and more. These years will fly by. I know now that I don't want to look back years from now after my experience at Southern is over and regret that I didn't make the most of my time there. It doesn't last forever.
Make the most out of your college experience-in a good way! Don't make stupid choices that are going to get you kicked out or cause other consequences that you'll really regret later. Get involved. Check out events. Explore the area. Make time to make some new friends and hang out with old ones as well. Join a club, touring group, or any other organization. Don't second guess yourself-if you have an interest in something that's offered on campus, go check it out! It's worth the try, and you won't regret having missed out on something. Of course, don't overwhelm yourself by getting so involved that you can't manage your classes and possibly a job as well. Have a good balance. And always make a little time for yourself to relax. Get enough sleep, get your worship and convocation credits, and fully enjoy your college experience. And most of all, make time for God, and He'll help you to make it through.
Make the most of your college years before you
and they're gone.