29 days. That’s all I have left of my sophomore year of college. For those of you who still do not believe that time flies, I hope you realize it soon because it really does. I can still vividly remember the night before my best friend, Katie and I were talking about how nervous we were to move into our dorm and leave our home, family, and all things comfortable. Now, I see all of the tour groups of juniors and seniors in high school around campus and and think about how that was me in what seems like just a couple months ago…
I wanted to take the time to write this post because I am finally starting to appreciate Indiana University and all of the opportunities it has given me. I spent so much of freshman year and half of sophomore year missing home and not fully being present while I was on campus. While my schoolwork keeps me extremely busy, I am now able to realize how lucky I am to attend such a fine institution, where I have met many outstanding professors and incredible fellow college kids.
I think that I always have appreciated unique spots where I can study or amazing restaurants where I can devour a delicious meal, but it has taken me this long to finally enjoy all the parts of my little college town. I love that I can walk to about every place I need to be. Sometimes I just walk to the mall because I can (and also because I want to play with cute puppies hehe). I love that my 20+ classes thus far have allowed me to meet so many people from across the country (and even globe), and some of those encounters have bloomed into really special friendships. Most importantly, I love that I am starting to feel like I am finding my place here. Things like becoming a group exercise instructor at the student gym, joining Sigma Kappa sorority, and the excitement for my future career in Speech Pathology that my classes bring about have been a huge part of that.
So, with these 29 days, I am going to try to not let exams, papers, projects, presentations, lack of my preferred 8 hours of sleep, or various other items that cause me to stress prevent me from living life one day at a time. I need to live in the present. It is easy to live for the weekend, but I think that Monday-Friday deserve some love too. I can certainly look forward to the future or acknowledge the past, but I will strive to be thankful for each day. I also want to exude positivity for both myself and others each day because life is in fact better when you’re smiling 🙂