After taking my last exam on Thursday, I have officially surpassed the halfway point of my collegiate career. Three semesters are all that remain between me and that really expensive piece of paper known as my Bachelor’s degree.

Some days it seems as if it was just yesterday my parents moved me in to my freshman apartment and some days it feels as though that day has long since passed.

I’m not the same girl that was dropped off three years ago. I’m stronger, more independent, more confident, and more adventurous. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself and fight for what I believe in. I am fiercely loyal to those I love, but I have also learned how to realize who deserves my love and loyalty.

Some days, I truly have no idea what I’m doing. Its the days that I eat chips and salsa for dinner and I sit on the floor of my apartment wondering if I’m going about life the right way. Its the days that I lay in bed with my blinds drawn and Netflix has the nerve to interrupt my binge by asking “Are you still watching?” and I think to myself, ‘I need to get my life together’ while the next episode is loading. Its the conversation I have with my best friend the night before final exams start where I say I’m dropping out of school because I can’t handle the stress of school anymore.

But for every one of those days, I have a day that excites me for what’s ahead. Its a day when I meet someone in the industry and I hear more about what I have to look forward in my career. Its the day when I have a great shift at work and someone tells me what a good job I did. Its the day when I get accepted to the internship of my dreams. Its the days when I take a step back and look at all of the things I have been able to accomplish thus far and I feel an immense sense of pride.

I’ve always heard that college was supposed to be the best four years of my life, and I can say that I genuinely endorse that statement with my whole heart. College has been a time of not only learning in a classroom but learning more about who I really am as a person and what I am capable of. I’ve been able to discover who I truly am and what makes me the person I am.

Some days, I lay in bed with the covers pulled over my head as I avoid the world, but other days I feel like I could take on the whole world.

But its all a part of the journey. I’ve officially passed the halfway point of my college career, I can see the finish line ahead and while I don’t want to rush anything, I’m excited to get out there and start my next adventure.


Written by Jazmyn Patterson

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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