Today I found myself missing Penn State a bit more than usual. Being home for the summer definitely has its perks – like not having to make myself dinner, or do my own laundry – but it certainly gets old after a while.
I started to think about how exciting my senior year is going to be. In the process, I reflected upon my last 3 years at Penn State.
Freshman year was a blast. Sophomore year was a bit of a reality check, and junior year was gone in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, I’m a rising senior with only one year left at my favorite place in the entire world.
I know everyone says that you “find yourself” in college, and how you should live every moment to the fullest because “it’ll be over before you know it”, but I never really bought into any of that – not until this past year, anyway.
I broadened my horizons junior year; I got an internship, became a founding sister of my sorority, got more involved with THON by joining a committee, cut ties with people who were bringing me down, and made a lot of new friends along the way.
While all of this may seem like “typical” things for a college student to do, it was a lot for me, especially as a junior. By the end of the year, I had gotten better at managing my time, met people who inspired me, and learned more about myself and what I want to do in the future – all just by getting involved and doings things that I was passionate about.
One year ago, I’m sure I wanted to go back to Penn State just as badly as I do today, but I’m willing to bet I had no idea just how much my life would change in 365 days.
Sometimes you never realize how unhappy you were until you see how happy you can become.