AHHHHHHH😝 I can not believe that my freshman year is almost over! I still remember move in day crystal clear, is it really possible that it could be over already? These past nine months have been the craziest, most spectacular months of my life. They have been happy, stressful, exhilarating, eye opening and pretty damn beautiful. I’m super excited for this summer (Hello Europe!) but I’m a little heart broken about having to leave Eau Claire for 3 months.
In typical Elisabeth fashion, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting back on the year and everything that has happened. I’ve done some pretty big things in this first year, learned a lot and have changed quite a bit. Freshman year has been a learning experience for sure, I figured it would be, but that is one of the reasons that it has been so great! So without further ado, here is my freshman year roundup!
Big things I did
- Check cliff jumping off my bucket list. I went the day before school started and it was scary!! Really fun though. and I can’t wait to go back with my friends next year.
- Get an amazing job. Four words, I LOVE THE LIB
- Volunteered with some fantastic middle schoolers. I volunteered at a middle school, teaching girls about wellness and self-esteem. The group was called Ms. Adventure girls and they were wonderful!
- Went to my first protest. Not a Trump fan.
- Start working for a global NGO. I have yet to write anything about AIESEC, which is a little crazy since it has become a big part of my life. AIESEC is the world’s largest youth run organization. We promote leadership development through cross-cultural exchange.
- Get accepted into a study abroad program. I’m going to Ghana next spring!!
- Run a half marathon. Running my first half was one of my favorite parts of freshman year!
Not only did I did some pretty big things but I’ve learned a lot these nine months as well. If I could go back, this would be the advice I’d give to my September self.
- Your plans are going to fall apart. Ripped apart and torn to shreds actually, and that’s completely okay.
- Go to your professors office hours. The first Math 202 and Pols 122 tests might have gone a lot better.
- Vodka and sprite is disgusting. It’s like drinking nail polish remover, not worth trying.
- Margaritas, on the other hand, are always a good idea. Especially when paired with good friends, dance parties, and the end of a stressful week.
- Talk to him sooner. That boy you waited a semester and a half to talk to? He’s something else, in the very best way possible.
- Don’t take so many overnight shifts during finals week. The extra money is nice but you’ll hate yourself a little bit, fall up the stairs and cry over math problems.
- Friendships won’t always be easy. Totally worth fighting for though.
- DO NOT BELIEVE THAT STUPID POP UP FROM “WINDOWS/MICROSOFT.” Your computer will get hacked into and you won’t be able to use it for 2 months.
- Go for more runs in the pouring rain. Only cool people run in the pouring rain, you never know who you’ll meet.
- Don’t overthink things. Running a half marathon, trying Thai food, cliff jumping, AIESEC. They turned out A-okay, pretty amazing actually.
- Think big picture. It’s all about what you’ll remember in 20 years. 2 hours of studying or 2 hours of good conversation🤷 The answer’s pretty obvious.
- You will meet the best damn people. The impact they will have on your life… you’ll meet some truly incredible people.
It’s been a hell of a year. I haven’t even moved out yet and I’m already excited for move in day! I could not have picked a better place to spend the next 3.5 years. I have no clue what the next few years will have in store but if they’re anything like this year, I know they’ll be incredible.