A good year, a really good year
That’s what this has been. As I go into finals week and prepare to move out for the summer, I think it’s time to do a little reflecting on my second year of college.
Frequently over the course of the year, I’ve been amazed by how different my life is now compared to a year or two ago. This year, I have explored many new interests, gotten involved in different things and met so many new people. Between classes, starting my sequence, Res Life, TigerX and journalism activities, it has been more challenging than I could have imagined, pushing me to the limit of time management and sleep-deprivation. I have taken on leadership positions and new involvements that have helped me to learn about myself and clarify what I want to do with my life.
I think I’ve also changed a lot this year, not in my personality or interests, but more in my view of myself. I feel much more confident and independent and ready to go out on my own and do what I want to with my life. Although I’m still scared about the future and not ready to leave college, I’m ready to be free to go where I want to go and do what I want to do. I feel I have a strength and conviction that might’ve been there all along, but were never realized until the challenges and decisions I faced this year.
But most importantly, the people I have met this year – and those friends who carried over from last year – have really shaped my experience and many of them I know I will stay friends with for years to come.
So, in light of the close of another year, here are some shout-outs from my days as a Mizzou sophomore:
–Mark Twain – so many of my college experiences have revolved around living and working here. It’s not the most glamourous place to live, but it’s my home nine months out of the year.
–The Missourian – I learned a lot by being here this semester and it took up a lot of time, but I gained great experience along the way.
–The Heidelberg – my new favorite hangout, with many of my new favorite people.
-J-Cafe – I don’t know how I would’ve survived if I’d started my sequence before the construction finished and the cafe opened. Such a great place for regular lunch dates and for randomly running into j-school students you haven’t seen in a while
–New York – the trip here this year was more influential than I originally realized, helping me to solidify my idea of what I want to do with my life and convincing me I can live on my own in a big city
–Res Life – it’s weird that a year ago I hadn’t begun what has become one of the most pivotal aspects of my college experience. It’s so much work and pushes me to the limit, but it’s so worth it for the wonderful staff I’ve gotten to know, work with and love.
–TigerX – the best job in the world. What could be better than getting paid to work out and teach with such fun and amazing girls? It’s fun, it pays the bills and it’s good for the body.
–University Singers – I have never loved singing more than I do now, and that is all due to this choir. Besides having a wonderful director and singing with incredibly talented people, I have met some of my now best friends from being in this group, and I can’t wait for another year.
–Erin Junkel – I think she deserves her own shout-out for all the time we spent together this year, whether doing something fun and exciting or just relaxing and talking. From on-call nights watching movies in my room to spring break road trips rocking out in the car, I don’t know what I’d do without her.
So in short, what here’s what I’ve learned this year: I can’t live on consistently fewer than five hours of sleep. I’m not going to waste my time with people who don’t really care about me. I think I want to work for a fitness magazine. I don’t want to be a writer. Helping people makes me feel really great. Superficial and pretentious are my least favorite traits in others. Lifting weights and pilates are good things. I can’t control my sweet tooth. No matter where I go or what I do, I can keep singing. The best people are those truly unafraid to be themselves. I should never turn down an opportunity to meet new friends. I can take care of myself. I’m going to live my life the way I want to, and not worry about others’ judgments.