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To My Freshman Self…

Hi there, freshman Hanna!

Congrats you’ve made it to college! It is crazy to think how fast 4 years flew by. With my senior year ending much more abruptly than I could have imagined, it makes me wish I could go back to right where you are now.

Even though I miss the days in a Quad room door, walking everywhere I went, and feeling like I knew everybody and nobody at the same time, I would have to say there are some things that I wish someone would have told me.

So here I go, buckle up buttercup.

http://bloomliteraryjournal.org/?sjsl=colorbox,shopp,catalog,cart Your failures (and your achievements) do not define you.

Failures are a part of college. There will be times when you fall flat on your face. Whether it’s that position you didn’t get or that test you bombed, life will keep going on. I know it feels awful, but you’re learning some valuable lessons.

These failures do not define how valuable you are. You will still be loved even if you fail. 

But chin up, you are going to have lots of successes too! You will get back up and there will be interviews you knock out of the park, fancy titles that will make you feel important, and you’ll get that impressive involvement email signature.

However, don’t let these accomplishments define you either. It’s easy to lose sight of yourself when you let those titles tell you who you are. You are loved not because of your title. Let yourself be loved for who you are stripped of all else.

Don’t wear yourself out and keep yourself from truly enjoying everything your college years have to offer. Pick something you’re passionate about and spend your time involved in it because you love it!

At the end of the day, know your worth, get some perspective and do not let yourself be defined by things like an organization titles, sorority letters, or a GPA.


you could try these out Love people.

Freshman year you will meet more people in the first month than you have meet your whole life. All of those people have a story and deserved to feel loved.

Go out of your way to remember that girl’s name, to smile to at them on the concourse, and to be intentional. Remember: “Make everybody feel like a somebody.” 

This can be hard sometimes, but choose to love even the difficult ones. You won’t regret a time when you chose to be kind.

More Help Be spontaneous.

You won’t remember that night you stayed in the dorm to watch Netflix. Go make memories with new friends! You will be wishing you had when you are social distancing and unable to see your friends at the end of senior year.

I know you’re a planner, Hanna. However, sometimes it’s ok to let that go. Get in the car and take that spontaneous road trip! Go to that social! Stay up till 2 a.m. making forever friends!

These are the things that have made my college experience so special. These are the times that developed the friendships that will stay with me for the rest of forever.

So good luck, Hanna! I promise you will have the best years filled with fun times, the best of friends, and amazing memories. I can’t wait to see you thrive!

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