New Chapter

And with that, freshman year has come to a close (FINALLY).

I am writing this post from the comfort of my own home and I have to say, it feels so good. You have no idea how much weight was lifted off my shoulder the moment I wrote the last word of my last essay on my last final exam. With this school year finally behind me, I would like to take the time to thank so many people for guiding me along the way.

To the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, thank you for my freshman year of college. Although I didn’t quite ever call you home, you helped me to realize my full potential as an individual and what exactly I want in life. Without the experience at this university, I would not have discovered what I truly want to do and for that, I’ll be forever grateful. I know at times I struggled but I am thankful for all of the support from my professors that encouraged me, both directly and indirectly, to keep pushing forward. Even though this school may not be the place for me, I will never regret the experience and the lessons it taught me.

To Gretchen, Ali, Roanne and Sarah, thank you for always believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself at times. You may not know it, but you’re one of the main reasons that I continued to push on when the days got tough. Knowing that you would always be there for me when I needed it gave me the strength to finish out the year strong. I will always cherish the memories that we had together in 520, they created an inseparable bond between us and I will always consider you my close friends. Please come and visit me next year, Kate and I’s futon has your name written all over it!

To all of my other friends, thank you for making me laugh at times that I didn’t feel like laughing. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you as you proved to me how special friendships can be. To everyone reading this, never let any of your true friends go. They’ll be there for you as you will for them, no matter the time of day.

To my family, thank you for the endless support through this first year while I was officially out on my own. You helped me to discover my true character and what I deserve in life. Through the endless phone calls and late night texts, you gave me more strength than you could even imagine. I’m so happy to be home with you for three months as I unwind and prepare for the next school year to come. Believe me, I missed the home-cooked meals every night.

To that someone, yes, you know who you are. I’m not exactly sure if you’ll ever read this but if you do, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be strong, stronger than I’ve ever had to be. It made me realize who I truly am and what I deserve in life. Because of you, I learned not to put my happiness in the hands of others and to always do what’s best for myself. I learned to never settle, no matter how easy settling may be. So thank you for everything. Because of it, I learned how amazing of a person I am and that no one should ever make me feel like I’m not good enough.

And finally, to myself, thank you for not giving up. These past short nine months have allowed me to fully explore my potential and exactly how great I can be. Many life lessons have been taught and a lot of emotions have been felt. I’ve explored parts of myself that I never even thought existed and I’m growing and learning every day. I’m so unbelievably blessed with the life I have been given and I’m working hard to better myself even more.

As you can tell by the title of this post, I am moving on to a new chapter in my life. Next fall, I will start school at a different university. One that I think will suit me better both with academics and personality wise. I am so excited for the experiences to come and I can’t wait to grow even more as an individual as a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. As for now, this summer I’m going to spend almost every waking minute either working or sleeping as I make money for my next year at college.

Once again, thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way and believed in me. I appreciate you more than words can describe.

SL


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