It’s finals week here at school, but rather than spending hours in the library reviewing notes or going through loads of flash cards with friends, all my mind seems to know how to do right now is look back on the year I’ve had.

Whenever people ask me if I’m enjoying school or if I’m happy, my heart skips a little and I can’t help but smile because I know “happy” is an understatement. There’s something so wonderful about being in a place that you know you’re meant to be in, and working towards a dream that you know God has called you to accomplish. And all the while, I’m surrounded by friends that have quickly become my family and living in a place that has quickly become my home. There’s nothing quite like it.

And while I know I still have a few more years here, the speed at which this first year has gone by has made it very clear that these next few years are going to fly by as well, and before I know it I’ll be in the same situation my senior friends are in. But for now, I’m doing what I can to soak up every memory and every experience I can. The last thing I want to do is rush the time I have. I almost wish I had known when I came to college that things would go by this fast, but I guess that’s not something that’s on your mind when you’re starting over in a new place. But the more I realize the fleetingness of moments, the more I’m determined to make them last.

My advice to any person, whether you’re graduating high school, finishing your first year of college, or graduating college, is to take advantage of any and all opportunities that come your way. The last thing I think anybody wants is to look back on a period of their life and wonder if there could have been more.





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