By: Annmarie Statly
If we’re not changing, we’re not growing, right?
When September rolls around, change is in the air and this always brings me back to going away to college my freshman year. I decided to “go in blind” thinking – this will be great, meet new people, fresh start, etc…. Fast forward a few weeks and my roommates and I couldn’t have been more opposite from each other. My 18-year old self thought this was the worst thing that could ever happen, I wanted to crawl under a rock and die.
If I knew then, what I know now things would have been SO much easier. Let me share a few thoughts with you, that I would share with my 18-year old self if I could go back in time:
1. This is not the end of the world! In the whole scheme of things this is minimal; be open minded and realize it won’t last forever.
2. Reach out to your roommates, go eat in the cafeteria together, work out, etc. You may be different but you might form a unique bond.
3. Ask questions about who they are and where they’re from, it’s interesting to learn new things.
4. Getting to know someone who is different from you can be refreshing. An opportunity to be exposed to things you probably never would have looked into on your own.
5. Look at this as a chance to learn something new, something you wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
6. You’re not alone. Many girls are in the same boat – in fact your roommates might feel the same way!
So, to all your girls out there (or mom’s, aunts, friends of these girls) getting ready to pack up your things and venture out to begin your college years, keep an open mind to all these new experiences you are embarking on. Remember every experience we have is a chance to learn something and carry it on with us.
Make it a great day,
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