I wanted to go to Central Michigan University so badly. I was so excited to go off on my own and be independent. CMU is three hours away from my house and in August I would’ve said that it was still too close. This year was nothing like I expected. I am not going to lie and say I loved it because I didn’t. However, with struggles come lessons.
- Family is everything. I couldn’t wait to get away from my family. I didn’t really get along with them very well. Three teenagers living in one house is a lot of hormones! There was common attitudes and bickering. I was so excited to get away from them. Now I would do anything to see my siblings every day. We were much closer than I ever realized. I missed them more than I didn’t miss them. My mom is a single mom and I am the oldest so we are really close. She has been my rock this year and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.
Make the best out of situations. Fairly early into the school year I became very unhappy. My grades weren’t great, I wasn’t making friends, and I missed my family. First semester was one of the lowest parts of my life. I was counting down the days until winter break. While I was on break I did realize something. I had to go back, that wasn’t a question(at that point). I wasn’t thrilled but I had to make the best of it. When I got back to school I decided I was going to try to be happier. It worked for a while but I slowly slipped back down. I always tried to remind myself that it could be a lot worse.
- I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. My year at CMU was no different. While I was here I realized what I valued and what I truly cared about. Not everything about this year was bad. I met some absolutely amazing people who are going to change the world. I was blessed to learn so much in the classroom that is going to benefit me as I continue my journey to saving lives.
- Don’t be afraid to be passionate. One great thing about college is most people have a passion. Something that they really care about. While I have been here I realized who cares what people think. If I truly care about something I need to stand up for it no matter.