Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear Freshman Year

Dear Freshman Year,

I learned a lot from you this past year, and not all of that knowledge was from the classroom (or lecture hall, for most of my classes). Thank you for teaching me how to be an adult, and that I can be completely self-reliant but still lean on my parents when I need to. Thank you for making me realize that family isn't always flesh and blood, and can be found in those people you awkwardly meet at your very first floor meeting. Thank you for showing me just how great my parents are, and that it's okay to call them while crying when finals get to be a little too much. Thank you for allowing me to be truly young and carefree - if only for a night - with some of the best friends I've ever made. Thank you for teaching me how to live with someone I don't exactly get along with, and how to make the best of a bad situation. Thank you for forcing me to break out of my shell in order to meet people that I'll probably be friends with for the rest of my life.

Freshman Year, you were a difficult, crazy, exciting, adventurous, brand new year for me, and I'll be eternally grateful to you. As I sit here in my kitchen at home and recall all that happened this year, it truly seems like a whirlwind. When I look back to last September, I remember a girl who was absolutely terrified to leave home. Now I see the girl I am today who has so much more experience in the real world. While it's nice to be home now and have a break, you were truly a blast Freshman Year. I made some amazing friends, and learned that I really can rely on myself, even if I don't always have to. I've had to make real-world decisions because of you, and I'm so glad that I was able to learn how to do so. A year ago, even the thought of those huge decisions would have me shaking in my boots (or Birkenstocks, as I always wear).

Freshman Year, you were probably one of the most difficult years school-wise. I was definitely pushed to my limits by you, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Getting eight hours of sleep this year was nearly always impossible, but I also wouldn't have made a lot of the memories that I did, had I went to sleep at a healthy time. My grades would've suffered as well, and I had to pull many all-nighters in order to do well in my classes. I'm glad I learned that all-nighters are a lot better when they're spent with coffee and friends. Speaking of friends, I learned from you, Freshman Year, that it's okay to lean on them and let them help you with tough situations. It taught me that my friends really don't mind listening to me list my problems, and then helping me find solutions to them. I wouldn't have made it through this year without the friends I made, and also my best friends from home.

Without you, Freshman Year, I would not be the person I am today. While I've always been mature for my age, this past year has taught me more about the world than I ever could have imagined. I thought I already knew a lot about being an adult, but I really didn't. I know I have a lot more to learn from the next three years in college, but you, Freshman Year, have taught me a lot. It's crazy to think four years ago I was finishing my freshman year of high school; it really seems like worlds away. And in just three years I'll be finishing college. I promise I'll try and make every year count, but you'll always hold a dear place in my heart.

I'll never forget my memories from you, Freshman Year, and I know I'll be telling some of these stories to my children one day. Hopefully all of the friends I made during this past year will be there when I do so, and we can look back on you with all of the fondness in the world. I'm excited for the next three years, but I promise I'll never forget you. You are just the beginning to a brand new chapter in my life, and I'm so excited to continue my journey.



  1. Loved this post Kendra! It's awesome to look back and see how much you've learned in the last year!

    Gina xx || Life and Lights

  2. Great post! Freshman year was such a great experience and in my opinion sets up some even better times!

    Sunday Brunch

    1. Yeah that's what I'm hoping for! :) Thanks for reading!

  3. Awh this post is such a lovely idea.
    I don't know if I could pull off a dear freshman post as eloquently as you.
    I really learnt to be more independant this year and I am so glad I did.
    I really enjoy my own company a lot more than I used to.


  4. Loved this :) So happy for how your freshman year turned out for you! Here's to 3 more great years!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  5. This is such a great post. It's always nice to look back on your year and see how far you've come since then.

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

    1. Yeah it was a lot of fun writing this! :) Thanks for reading!