In less than a week my first full year away at college will be over and I will have only a little bit of time left. There have been so many challenges, so many things I’ve learned, and so much that I have yet to learn. Before writing this, I went back and read my old posts at the beginning of this school year and took into account how much things have changed since I wrote those. I encourage you to scroll down and read them too. Things have changed, but I’d be lying if I told you they changed a lot.
Thankfully, I got away from my old roommate and into a new apartment with some much better people. That single move was the most important one for me this semester at NKU. Until I moved into this room, I didn’t realize how unhappy I was. It’s safe to say that my attitude and overall feeling towards college improved quite a bit since then. I tried to make the most of it by poking fun at it on twitter, but it didn’t help that much.
As time went on, I met a few more people and made a couple of friends. I am thankful for that. I learned a lot about myself and who I am. This is extremely important to me and something that I think everyone learns as they get to this point in their life. I see a lot of my friends on social media and they talk about falling in love with their colleges and how excited they are to be going there and how much they already love attending there. I’d be lying to you if I told you it didn’t make me a little bit jealous, because I didn’t fall in love with NKU right away. In fact, I don’t think I fell in love with it until like three days ago.
I got to experience college in a few different ways this year by staying with friends at Ohio State, Cincinnati, and Ohio Northern. Along with a fun trip to Miami. All those experiences reminded me that my friends have something that I don’t, and I desperately want it. But as time has continued to go on, I have come to realize the two biggest things that NKU has taught me this year: patience is key, and life is what you make it.
My patience was tested more this year than any year of my life, and I have learned so much about being patient and trusting in God to take care of the little things in life. I’ve also learned that calling on Him and trusting His plan takes a great deal of patience and faith as well. Long story short, I have learned that being patient is a key to life. That life goes on and everything will be okay, to be patient through the tough times because God has a plan and he’s going provide.
Life is what you make it. Forever that was just a Hannah Montana song to me. Now, it’s something I try to live by every day. It’s true. Life IS what we make it. If you make it sad and gloomy and you constantly feel sorry for yourself, you’re not going to have a good time. I’ll admit it took me awhile to get past that stage. I struggled with that because I saw all the good times other friends were having in college with these amazing people that they met and have good times with, while I sat here and played 2k for a few hours on a Friday night. I just didn’t have what they had and it bothered me. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that I didn’t necessarily have to have what they had. One thought just kept coming into my head:
Just because we don’t have what everyone else has doesn’t mean we can’t do more than everyone else does.
At the end of the day I want to be great. I want to achieve my dreams and I want the amazing people God has placed in my life to be around me when I do that. The process is long, slow, and never easy. But it is necessary and I think I have done a good job adjusting.
People kept asking me why I chose NKU, and I realized that I never actually had an answer for them. I had a couple reasons, but I didn’t really know. So I would just stumble through an answer and try to make it sound good. But as time went on, I started to appreciate this place more.
I remember being at a baseball game, just watching the people around me, and there was this group of girls, athletes at the university, and they reminded me so much of my friends at home and the way they were enjoying themselves while proudly representing the Norse. It reminded me of my hometown, and how it took me awhile to realize the beauty of it and how cool of a place it was. Sidney, Ohio is awesome because we made it awesome. It was at that baseball game that I realized that Northern Kentucky University can be awesome if I make it awesome.
So it took me almost two full semesters to fall in love with this place. But I did. I am here for a reason. Everything in life happens for a reason and sometimes we don’t understand and that is okay! We don’t have to understand. God has a plan for all of us. We just have to be patient and make the most of everything.