Freshman year of college floods you with so many emotions. It is the year that brings so many firsts. From the first time doing your own laundry to calling the hogs in the football stands. From the first time failing a test to finding a home on bid day. There is so much happiness that comes from all these firsts. But change is hard. As I left senior year of high school everyone was telling me “freshman year will be when the best years of your life begin.” And they were so right, but no one told me the reality of it all. No one told me that I would have nights that I cried in bed because I missed home. No one told me that there would be hundred of times I would walk into a room and not know one single person. No one told me that I would spend 10 hours studying for a test and still get a 60 percent on it. No one told me that I would have to find my identity in something other than what I did in high school. No one wants to tell you the bad. But I am here to tell you that all those bad flood of emotions will let you grow so much as a person.
My first semester new member coordinator, Shelby Cormack, told my pledge class that her best advice she could give us for freshman year was “be uncomfortable”. She couldn’t have said it better. No one is comfortable walking into a room full of unknown faces. But it forces you to create new relationships. All the firsts you experience as a freshman wont be in your comfort zone. And it is okay. It is okay to walk into a room and not know anyone. It is okay to miss home. It is okay to get frustrated with test scores. It is okay to not know who you want to be. It is okay to not have it all figured out. College will put people around you that will help you through those times when everything seems to be coming down on your shoulders.
Freshman year is the year that brings so many changes. Changes that challenge you daily. Your stresses and worries will be outweighed by the fun girls nights and pep rallies. All the awkward situations you go through will lead you to relationships you wouldn’t have formed otherwise. It is okay to be uncomfortable because it will allow you to grow more than you ever thought you would. Freshman year brings a flood of emotions. Be ready for it, it will be the time of your life!