I finished my freshman year of college about a month ago, and the question everyone asks me continuously is, “How was college?” That’s a loaded question. I mean, we’re talking about nine months of life. There are a lot of different aspects of college I could write about, especially since I lived on campus. Here are a few general highlights of the year:
- I loved all my classes. Public speaking was difficult, but I got through it. My school requires survey classes in New Testament and Old Testament for all the freshmen, and it was invigorating to delve deeper into the Bible and see how everything fits together. My teachers have been wonderful, and I really have learned a lot of new information in several different fields. I have quite a few gen-eds out of the way now that my first year is over, and I’m looking forward to getting into my major- and minor-specific classes next year.
- Dorm life isn’t my favorite thing on the planet. I shared a bedroom/bathroom with one other girl and a full kitchen, a living room, and a washer and dryer with five or six other girls. (It started as seven total people in our apartment, but one left after she physically threatened her direct roommate and cussed us all out repeatedly within the first two weeks of school. She was expelled several months later.) Four of these apartments made up our pod. I love my direct roommate (so much so that we’re sticking together for another year) and most of my other roommates in our apartment, but the drama that went on in our pod could be a bit much. My direct and I didn’t mix well with the rest of the girls, so we mostly stayed out of their activities. But we found our own groups to be involved with.
- One of the groups that I got heavily involved in was the pro-life club at my school. We got to volunteer at women’s clinics and attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. in January. I knew before I came to school that I wanted to be involved in this club, but it wound up being one of the most impactful parts of my freshman year. It helped me develop a real love for the unborn children and the mothers who need help.
- I also learned how much I dislike English majors. It’s a lot. They’re horridly pretentious. I’m not going to change my major; I love writing too much. I’m hoping that maybe I can bring a hint of sanity and normality to my major. None of these people act like regular humans. The teachers are fine, but the students who write subpar poetry and then read it aloud to an audience who wouldn’t dare clap their hands because it’s so beneath them (no, they must snap instead) tend to irk me.
- I managed to acquire two jobs for next school year, both of which will be on campus: working as a consultant in the writing center and as a math tutor. I have long wanted the first job, but my math teacher also asked me to be a tutor, so I will have two. These will be my first jobs, and I’m quite excited. The writing center job is also wonderful since I’m hoping to go into a field involving editing/writing, so graduating with three years of experience and my bachelor’s will be a huge blessing.
- Through all this, I managed to maintain a long-distance relationship (huzzah!), and we’re coming up on one year of knowing each other. We don’t go to school or live in the same place, so I still haven’t gotten to see him since school ended, but we’ll visit each other a few times this summer. Strengthening our relationship even while we’ve been apart has been a difficult but worthwhile process, and I’m grateful to see how God continues to grow us through our second year and beyond.
That’s a brief overview. I have some specific funny stories (like the time my New Testament teacher climbed on top of one of the male students to show how sin hinders us), embarrassing moments (such as spilling water all over my speech for next period’s class while we were watching a movie in my freshman orientation class), and sad yet uplifting moments (most notably, when I found out my dad has kidney cancer a week before finals started, and all my roommates supported me through that). It’s been a long year, and simultaneously hard and wonderful. I learned a lot and I’m excited to tackle my sophomore year with all the knowledge I’ve gained about which friend groups appeal to me and how I should handle the balance of activities on campus.
In the meantime, however, I want to write more. I haven’t been doing nearly enough of that, even though I’ve been in school and even a few writing classes. I need to start writing my own stories, and I need to update this blog more. I decided that if I’m not going to be working this summer, I’m going to spend that time writing and regaining a lot of the skills I’ve lost by staying away from this for so long.
With that in mind, my plan is to update this blog three times a week. I know I’ve said before that I want to write more and haven’t done that, but I sincerely need to this time. I need to fall in love with writing again. I hope that some of my friends, family, and readers will hold me accountable for this as well. I want to do this—no, I need to do this. I need to write, and I need to share it with the world.
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the schedule:
- Monday: Fiction blog (short story/flash fiction/poetry/creative nonfiction)
- Wednesday: Pro-life blog or student/life-focused blog (explaining my pro-life position and rebutting arguments, or perhaps something more general about life that isn’t strictly theological)
- Saturday: Theology blog (discussing things I’ve learned/observed about the Christian faith)
That is the plan, and I will certainly try my absolute best (with the motivation of the Holy Spirit, the incessant nagging of my closest friends, and a schedule with a to-do list that makes me feel accomplished when I check the “complete” box) to stick to it. I will follow this plan at least through the end of summer (second-to-last week of August), and while I may have to scale my number of posts back a bit during the fall due to school and work, I’m hoping that I will build up enough momentum and motivation to keep writing throughout the school year.
If you personally would like to help me keep up motivation, I also set up a Facebook page for this blog (yay!), so follow this link and please give us a like! Also, if you have friends you think would enjoy anything I have to say, please share this blog with them. I want to grow this as much as I can so I can get my writing out into the world. This isn’t a pet project of mine anymore; this is the real thing.
Thank you to everyone who has stuck by through all of this. I’ve had so much support throughout the years as I’ve explored how I want to present my writing identity, and now it’s time to get serious about my career. All your continued support is greatly appreciated. So that’s it for now, and I’ll see you all soon and repeatedly with new content.