First Semester College Reflection

Hi guys! Wow, it’s been awhile. But, Mackenzie Kateri is back in full swing. Back and better than ever. Blogging by Mackenzie- a soon to be second semester college student.

So. You’re probably wondering what’s been going on in my life. Lucky for you, that’s what today’s post is all about. Of course, this week I’ll be sharing some fashion and lifestyle pieces. But, what better way to kick off the blog than a reflection of my first semester at school. Drum roll please!

College is definitely different from high school to say the least. It’s busy and chaotic and stressful. But, at the same time it’s new and exciting and an adventure of time-management and naps. As a commuter, I found that time-management is a struggle to stay the least:

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Do I go home?

Do I stay at school for the day?

Do I run home take a nap, then come back for class? 

Do I stay at school and try to finish an assignment due next week? 

Yadda yadda yadda, blah, blah, blah. And making friends as a commuter, yeah an even bigger struggle to say the least. But, I managed.

Although, I didn’t start to find my way until the end of the semester. I now feel more confident starting school next week. And since I’m being completely honest here. At first, I was miserable. I hated the idea of staying local. Living in the same house that I have lived in my whole life. Living in the same town that I have lived in my whole life.

But, it’s weird.

One day I was driving home from school and I had this weird realization or break through or something like that. I had the window slightly cracked and took a sip of my water. Then, suddenly out of nowhere. I realized that you have to make the most out of what you have.

I realized that I have to make the most out of my small town. I have to find opportunities and fight for them. Set goals and achieve them. Write down dreams and chase them. Chase them with passion. 

And now here I am, admitting to all of you, that sometimes it’s not that bad to live in your hometown, to go to school in your hometown, to build a life in your hometown. Live in the moment, as cliché as that sounds. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring, maybe an internship in New York City, or a chance to travel the world.

That brings me to one exciting announcement: at the end of my Spring semester, I will be traveling to Jamaica with my school’s international service trip program. I know! I can’t wait! I believe that it is an opportunity to give back and make the world a better place.

But, back to the college talk. Now that I just vented my heart and soul out to you all. It’s time to share a few other things that I learned this semester.

1. Don’t Be Afraid To Put Yourself Out There:

Everyone’s in the same boat. Talk to people. Get phone numbers. Join clubs. Be involved. One mistake I regret is not staying on campus more. However, it was a learning experience.

2. You Stray Away From High School Friends:

You develop into a new person and you meet new people. You develop a new role in the world, that doesn’t include past friends. You blossom and flourish into the best possible version of yourself.

3. Sweatpants Are A lifestyle:

My first week in, I wore jeans. My second week in, I switched it up to leggings. But, as the semester lingered I found myself in sweatpants and joggers most of the time. Yeah, I’m a fashionista. But, I’m also lazy. Sometimes it’s easier to throw in a messy bun and slide into some sweatpants. 

4. Social Media Does Not Define Your College Experience: 

Just because your Instagram isn’t a feed of exclusive college parties and dorm selfies, doesn’t mean your college experience is lame or not exciting. Your college experience is what you make out of it.

5. Plan. Prepare. And Prioritize Work:

Work piles up if you let it. My day planner is my lifeline. I jot down when to start reading a chapter or start an assignment. But, trust me I know life gets in the way. As much as the procrastination rabbit hole is calling your name, stay focused and everything will be okay.

 

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