In the days following my last exam of freshman year, I sat down with a coffee and my journal and made a list of things I learned from the first two semesters. I grew a LOT, and want to share with you what I wrote.
Living away from home is a lot different, regardless of how much freedom I had in high school.
Spending lots of time with people who don't actively care about you, better you, or simply don't click with you, are not worth truly investing yourself in. Your people are out there.
There is no clear, “right" way to live life. There's a lot of grey areas and a lot of decisions to be made all of the time. All you can do is use your best judgement in the circumstances given.
God never fails. He will put you exactly where you need to be, and with the people you're supposed to be with. Trust.
While I have many interests and passions, I need to be doing something creative in addition to everything else. No matter what.
Follow up to #5 – Keep singing. Keep writing.
It's ok to take something off your plate. If you wake up with a pit in your stomach every morning and/or your hair is falling out – make a change.
Crying in a professor's office hours in a class you will soon drop can happen . . . but it sucks.
I love Ann Arbor. It feels like home and it is an amazing place to live.
Distance actually improves communication with those you love and forces you to develop a stronger sense of self.
It is so wonderful to be in a relationship with someone who truly pursues your heart.
As long as I continue working hard and seeking out things that are truly meaningful to me, God will continue to open the necessary doors.
I'm happy I didn't go to Vanderbilt University (or honestly, anywhere but the University of Michigan).
I often get so wrapped up in trying to be perfect and making everyone else happy, but I need to let go and do the things that actually please me and do what I believe in my heart.
I love learning.
I need to learn how to make good coffee in in at home coffee maker. Coffee shops are my happy place but are $$$.
I love leading and teaching. I am so happy I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and was a TA second semester.
Dorm food is awful and my body craves greens.
Pray often and the Lord will comfort your heart.
Getting flat Bs in Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 doesn't mean I'm not smart or bad at chemistry. I tried my best and learned the subject.
Ask for help. It doesn't make you weak.
I have the greatest family in the entire world. I can't even put into words how much they have unconditionally supported me.