Yesterday, I turned 22. I had an amazing day consisting of being around my loved ones, inspiration, & good food . When my birthday was approaching, I started to think about how much I have changed during my four years in college. I love reading “letters to a younger self” that other people write and I thought this would be a great opportunity to do just that. I am sharing this letter with you, in hopes that if you’re just beginning college, you’ll be encouraged. If you’re in the middle or towards the end, I encourage you to look back at your own journey.
You’re about to begin one of the most amazing periods of your life. Many people say that your college years are your best years, but I personally would tell you that life will continue to get better with time . So, I know how nervous you are right now! Picking a college is the first major decision you have ever had to make. You’ve visited a few colleges and they don’t really seem like a fit. You’re interested in small classrooms, a sense of community, and an excellent education. You also want to find yourself and what you’re really interested in. You will. You’re a little nervous about going to Saint Xavier, because you don’t know anyone. You also don’t know if a small, private school will help you get adequate recognition in the competitive media industry. You will gain amazing friends that feel more like family. You’ll soon get opportunities to lead and gain internships that expose you to the media industry. Some of your favorite classes will be the ones that cause you to think critically and express creatively. During your fours in college, so much will happen. Your social and spiritual life will flourish. I know how badly you want to travel; you will get the opportunity to study abroad. Yes, it will all be amazing. However, there will be hard times. Some of your classes will be challenging. Finding who you are, will sometimes feel like a confusing maze. You won’t always know who to trust or let into your life. You’ll have to go into the hospital much more than you would like, but you’ll always have support. At the end of each semester, you’ll realize how much strength lies within you. You’ll laugh, cry, wonder, learn, question, and form constantly into who you are meant to be.
Most importantly, everything will be okay.
Embrace the journey!
With Love, Sydney