Whelp, I’m back at college and it’s kind of a bittersweet thing. On one hand I’m really happy to see my friends and start new, but on the other hand, I miss being at home, hanging out with my friends and family, sleeping, and lounging around my house watching tv. That being said, I wasn’t as productive as I thought I would be during break, so maybe it’s for the best that I go back waaaayyy earlier than ALL of my friends back home (I’m not salty, you are). But, I’ll focus on the positives instead of the negatives, after all, it’s a brand new year, 2019, and the sky’s the limit.

Now, you’re probably thinking, why am I reading this? She didn’t put her topic sentence of what her post is going to be about in the first paragraph like she usually does…” Well, this is going to be pretty short, but it’s basically an encouragement post for those starting their second semester this week because Penn State wasn’t the only college to open its doors this early.

First day of classes is almost over and I have to say, I actually like my classes and my professors. My classes seem interesting and my professors are pretty lenient with homework or tests and that makes me feel like I won’t be stressed at all this semester, I mean, not that I was really stressed last semester either. When I got to college, I started not giving a crap, and guess what?? It actually works! I mean, yeah, care about your grades, but DON’T KILL YOURSELF OVER THEM. I know I have said that many more times than I can count, but trust me, it’s not worth it.

High school was hell for me because on top of dealing with annoying friend situations, I had to deal with SAT and ACT testing, college applications, continuing to get straight A’s (which I got all throughout high school at the expense of my health), and trying to get into my scholarship program towards the end of the school year. I know about stress and trust me when I say you should hold your mental health on the same level as school.

Also, try new things. I went to the involvement fair today and I’m looking to join new clubs. But, do not just sign up for stuff and either not go to the first meeting or go to only a few meetings and drop out 5 weeks (or less) later. Try actually staying committed, you never know if you’ll like it if you don’t stay and stick it out. And trust me, you are not the only one that did that. I am definitely guilty of that, but I plan on sticking it out unless I absolutely hate it. That’s when you can give up.

Plus, clubs and other extracurricular activities are great ways to meet new people, and that’s what I’m looking forward to most this semester! It’s only been the first day and I’ve made a new friend! Not to mention the person I grew closer to over winter break because we are going to Texas together over spring break!

2019 is all about personal growth. So start your semester being positive and work and wait for those good things and amazing opportunities to come your way. You will never get what you want out of life if you don’t step out of your comfort zone, if not only for a little bit. Who knows what you’ll find outside that box…

You don’t have to be religious to follow this quote, but just know that there is always something better out there for you. You just have to do anything and everything it takes to find it.

“God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear”
~Will Smith

Signing Off,