As I sit here, procrastinating studying for my finals, I can't help but reflect on my freshman year in college. It flew by much more quickly than I ever could have imagined, but it was full of wonderful memories that I know I'll keep forever. There were some amazing high points, a handful of low points, and a whole lot of personal growth.
But, I mainly want to focus on anyone who is finishing up their last semester as a high schooler. You're bound to be craving the freedom from school that is so, so near - I was there a year ago. All you want to do is push through the last set of tests that stands between you and the next amazing chapter of your life.
The first thing I want to say, though, is: stop. Take a moment to look around at everything and everyone at your life in this moment, mainly because it's all about to change. As you walk around your high school for the last few days, reminisce on your times there. Remember the memories you made, the friends and teachers who impacted your life, and how much you've grown since freshman year. Think about all the football games, late nights with friends, and that hilarious moment from sophomore year. It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of finishing high school forever - make sure to look back on it all.
Another thing: college is incredible. You have so much to look forward to in the next four years that it's hard to even explain it. I am extremely jealous of everyone about to enter their freshman year of college because I would give anything to live in this year forever.
That being said, here are a few things to remember: savior every moment - as I said, this year has gone by so quickly that it all feels like a blur. Make sure to live in the moment and have as much fun as possible. Also, do as much as you can. By that, I mean to say that as nice as relaxing on your futon while watching Netflix may seem, you'll enjoy your year so much more if you involve yourself in plans with friends and opportunities on campus. There will never be another time in your life where you get to live in close proximity with so many amazing people - take advantage of it.
And finally, don't be scared. Easier said than done, I know. But as you walk across that stage to receive your hard-earned diploma, know that an amazing adventure is ahead of you. I promise you'll make friends, that you'll have a good time, and that you'll finally figure out what you want to do with your life. The best part of college? It's all what you make of it. So make it the best time you could ever imagine.