If you go back almost 5 years ago and asked me what I would be like my freshmen year of college, I would probably says things like…
I will be at University of Central Florida
I will be a part time Cast Member
I will be the good little girl I was in High School
The list can got on and on about how perfect my life was going to be. In five years a lot has changed. But I am slowly learning that plans are kind of overrated.
I ended up going to the last school on my list, not because I did not get into my other schools ( I got into UCF, Tiffin, BGSU and Kent) and not because of scholarships I got. I went to Kent because it was bigger and felt kind of right. When I first visited Kent it was two days after I got home from visiting UCF, I still felt that UCF was where I was going. I had this feeling that it was right, like home but I got that feeling at Kent. Tiffin was way to small, legitly it was smaller then my high school. My graduation class was bigger then total enrollment there and BGSU program was kind of strange. The thing that it came down to was the fact that UCF is 19 hours away from small-town Ohio as where Kent is 45 minutes. When I decided that I was going to Kent, It was really sad. I was giving up my dream at the moment of my life and I was not okay with that. I went into the year like oh I am not going to like it as much as UCF and UCF has one of the top programs in the States and I would be so much happier there ( I mean really it was 70 there when it was -17 here and it was 17 minutes to the World Showcase Lagoon in E.P.C.O.T Center.).
My overnight freshmen orientation came around. It was scary even though I had two of my friends with me. I came into it with the mindset that I was going to hate it. Little did I know, I would be rooming with my now best friend. Little did I know that the boy I talked to for 5 hours would still be my side now. Little did I know that the girl I met in the first hour of DKS and hung out all day still would be friends… thats a struggle because of our schedule. Its insane that in the 24 hours span I have meet 3 of my best friends now a days.
A couple of weeks went by and the excitement was building, I guess. It was finally welcome weekend. I was so nervous over everything pretty much. Meeting new people, living with a stranger that I did not know and just everything. It was crazy. I was so busy but I made one massive mistake, instead of meeting new people, I hung out with my two friends from High School. Those days I thought we where not going to be part of the numbers that said best friends who go to college and spend almost every moment together will not be friends after the first semester. Even though we where not living together, we were together almost every hour of the day that we were not in class or sleeping. It really hurt our relationship. One of my friends started to say thinks like well my experience here is going to better then yours because I am in the honors dorm or things like you should not worry about friends and only do class work because that is what the whole point of what college is. She would pick on every flaw in my life..,that includes old demons that I fought that I do not want to relive or anyone to know about anymore. About 2 months later we do not talk. A couple of weeks after we stopped talking, I found an article on Lifeteen called 12 Lessons You Should Have Learned in High School, it was written by Dom. This is what number 3 said “
"The friends you made in high school are all going through the same transition you are. Try to stay in touch but don’t be heartbroken if you grow apart from some of them. God has so many new, awesome friends for you to meet along the way.
'There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.' – C.S. Lewis”
That little paragraph made me realize that it was time to drop the negative friends I had from home and find some new awesome friends. I started getting involved with the Catholic group. The friend that was stated above was apart of it but I did not let her stop me anymore. I have made the best friends that I will ever have. They will always be right there for me. I am beyond glad that I got to meet them.
I often think to myself about the fact that if I went to UCF, I would not have this opportunity to meet all these wonderful people.