Now That I am Here

Move-in day has come and gone. I have squeezed my life into a small box with three other people, and we are surviving. It has been over two weeks, the honeymoon phase is over, and classes have begun. My schedule is both good and bad, filled with both jam-packed days and lazy days. I will not lie to you and say that it was so easy to conform to college, and that classes are a breeze. My roommates and I don’t agree on everything all of the time. My classes give a good amount of work, and yes it is every single day. College isn’t high school. Everyone is here for a much different reason. You don’t have your mom and dad telling you that you can’t go out because your homework isn’t done. The change has been much different, but I am getting much more used to it. I have already met such amazing people who are changing my perspective. I’m learning more than I thought I could and I’m only in GenEds. I have had so much fun, yet I have had to learn (and am still learning) to balance my time. I want to do well in school, but I am also a typical college student who thinks that they are on top of the world. College truly is like anything you’ve ever experience. There is so much freedom and much responsibility. I honestly love it, and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds!

–Krystal, with a “K”

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Goodbyes Suck

Saturday, August 20th will mark a major day in my life; college move-in day. Where did senior year go? What happened to summer? I never expected everything to be done quicker than it started. Although I know that I have so much to look forward to, as my parents and I shove as much of my life as we can fit into a dorm room with someone else, it is all very bittersweet. I never thought about what this day might actually be like. Originally this was just another date on the calendar, something I didn’t put much heart into because it wasn’t happening yet or I would say “we’ll deal with it when it comes”. Well, now it is here. As the last couple of weeks have come it has hit me faster and harder that I will be gone and people’s lives will go on whether I am by their sides or not. That sounds so harsh and sad but it is what has motivated me to spend time with the ones I love as long as I can. Seeing the title of this entry you already know where I am going with the rest this. You can’t hangout with friends without leaving. Every gathering comes with a really hard goodbye. Every hug brings uncertainty of the next time you will see one another. It becomes really hard to even hangout with people because you don’t want to leave them. I am here to say that I have always hated saying my goodbyes, yet I get through them anyway. What I have learned is that it is okay to be sad and it is okay to cry. It is okay to miss your parents and its okay to miss your friends. I’ve come to the conclusion that you need to tell everyone how you feel about them and you can’t let words go unsaid. If you love someone then tell them. Life is too fragile to not tell people how you really feel. So, hangout with your family, sing your favorite songs at the top of your lungs with your best friends, and cry even when you’re happy with others because it will be gone before you know it. In the end, I will most likely have a tantrum more embarrassing than the 3 year-old at the grocery store when I leave my favorite people, but I don’t mind. Life is just too short to care what everyone around you thinks, and I care too much about the ones I love to not  make a scene.

–Krystal, with a “K”

Here are a few pictures with some of the hardest goodbyes (excluding my family).