First of all… how has it already been four years since freshman year when I lived in a 2×2 dorm in the quad overlooking the beautiful Jordan-Hare Stadium? There are so many memories and lessons I’ve learned since then. Also, there are people I’ve met along the way who have helped me learn those previously mentioned lessons, and also the people who stuck it out and will be my best friends forever and ever (cliché but true).
With that, I would consider myself a wiser person than I was at 18; at least I like to think I am. If I could go back in time and give myself some constructive advice, then I would jump at the chance in a second. I’m saying that because I made a lot of mistakes freshman year, but those make for the best memories, right? So, in this blog, I am going to be giving some advice to my 18-year-old self.
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
I was lucky enough to have some amazing friends from high school that are still my best friends to this day. With them, I never had to get out of my comfort zone, because I was content in my little high school bubble.
Upon arriving at Auburn University, it was a little hard for me to step out of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an outgoing person, but something about being away from home made me shyer when I started to meet new people. If I could go back, I would definitely go out of my way to meet more people and make better relationships with them than I initially did.
Be Careful With the Freshman 15
Once a week, my friend and I would go to Outtakes and get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. We would then proceed to eat the whole entire pint in one sitting. I can’t say I regret the good talks we had while eating those pints, but I will say my body did take a toll.
The freshman 15 crept into my life over time, and I could definitely see a difference. I went from working out every afternoon after school, to not participating in a single second of physical activity once I got to Auburn. It was an adjustment, but I would encourage my freshman year self to keep enjoying the food, but maybe hit the recreation center up every now and then.
Enjoy Every Second
There are so many times freshman year when your experiencing certain things for the first time, and not even realizing how badly you’ll miss those things once you’re 21 years old and five weeks shy of graduation. Never again will I live in a tiny dorm surrounded by all my best friends, or go to my first sorority social or pledge party.
Looking back, I didn’t realize how much those memories would mean to me today. If I were given the chance to start all over and be a freshman again, I would do it. Call me crazy, but four years in the most amazing college town just isn’t enough.
Nothing can ever replace the memories I have made at Auburn. It will forever and always be home long after I walk across the stage in May.