Growing up in a small town, I never knew what it was like to go outside of rural America. Most of my classmates I had gone to school with since Preschool. I am very thankful for the amazing support and opportunities I had growing up in a small loving community. What I never realized was how life was outside of my small community. These are five things to keep in mind while you are in college!
- Keep Chasing Your Dreams! – When I left high school four years ago, I honestly had no idea what type of career I would pursue. I took a leap of faith and moved three and a half hours away from home to pursue my dreams of becoming a collegiate athlete. At times I struggled with missing my family, but this truly was the best transition. Now I am fulfilling my dreams attending Kansas State University! Never let anything get in the way of chasing your dreams!
- Have Fun! – Take a deep breath and take some time for yourself. After transferring to Kansas State University, I soon found out that my schedule became filled quickly. Sometimes taking a deep breathe to just play a round of cards or just hang out with friends is what every student needs. It is perfectly fine to take an hour for yourself a day in your busy college life!
- Keep Your Faith! – Growing up and being involved in church was very important to me. Sometimes as college students we are so involved and have crazy schedules. College can be a very trying time. These hard times make you realize how blessed life truly is. Being in college has reinforced my faith and letting God take control of my life.
- Believe in Yourself! – Becoming an adult can sometimes be a daunting task. Believing in yourself is crucial, in everything you do in life. Be a true believer in yourself! I was blessed with such an amazing family, friends, and sisters that always believed in everything I do. It builds confidence along with boosting your overall self-esteem! TRY IT; IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
- Make Time to Call Your Family! – Lastly, but more importantly, one of the most imperative things you need to do is call your family. Never forget those loved ones who were there for you since you were born. Give thanks to your family who spent countless hours watching your basketball, volleyball, and track events. Just a few short minutes from time-to-time can reassure your family that you are fine. It seems like every time I call my family it makes their day. REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE THANKFUL AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY!
All of these important things I have learned throughout my life experiences thus far in college. Since I am approaching graduation in December, I have begun to realize how amazing this life truly is. These are good tips for anybody currently going through college. These past four years I have laughed, cried, loved, and stressed, but I would not change anything for these amazing opportunities! I have truly explored many opportunities here at Kansas State University. I hope whoever is reading this, will take the time and keep these five things in mind while treading through these amazing years of your life! Finally, I would like to end with a scripture that signifies growing your individual confidence.
“Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away land enjoy to the full what is promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-36
With much love!