Nine months ago I was moving into my dorm, and incredibly nervous about the road ahead of me. Would I make friends? Get good grades? Like my classes? I was overwhelmed with the realization that I was entering an entirely different phase of life. So where have I come since then?
It was my hope that blogging through my freshman year might lend insight and assurance for people who are coming to school next year. I got to share some fantastic moments, but really didn’t even come close to scratching the surface of what it is like. It’s something I believe can really only be experienced, and cannot be properly shared. For those of you reading this who are incoming freshman, know this: it’s going to be a good year. You’re going to do things you’ll remember for years to come, you’ll meet people you’ll never forget, and you will learn things both in and out of the classroom that will be invaluable in your life. I did.
There will be hard times, times when the stress gets to you, or you get homesick, but these moments are far outweighed by the good that comes from college. With four days left in the semester, I can only think of finals. But even amongst the panic, last minute studying, and all night cram sessions, we find time to relish the community around us. Dorm cookouts, midnight diner trips, getting the entire floor to see The Avengers – all these things have happened in the past week.
I’m ready for summer. I’m ready for home cooked meals, sleeping in (til noon), and mowing my own yard. But three months is going to be a long time spent away from the friends that I have made here, and I imagine it will be tough. We already have plans, though, to meet at someones house for a long weekend this summer.
If there is only one piece of advice that I could give to you now, it’s this: build relationships. Friendships will form naturally, and from this you will grow in awesome ways. The Christian community at Gordon is it’s greatest feature, so take advantage of it.
It has been a pleasure blogging for you, and I do hope to see you next year.
Until next semster,