College is supposed to both destroy and create your sense of “home.”
You’re supposed to get lost, you’re supposed to fail. You’re supposed to be proud of who you are, and you’re supposed to wish that you were anyone else sometimes. You’re supposed to mess up and not always know exactly how to fix it, and you’re supposed to wonder if anything will ever be okay again once in a while.
They always say that college is the best time of our lives. Yes, I think maybe this is true, but they are also undeniably some of the hardest times of our lives, too. They just forget to mention that little tidbit when reminiscing about the glory years. That’s okay, though, because it is a time for enormous personal growth, and if we were told how challenging it was going to be before signing up, would we still go? Still go to test yourself, to watch yourself find all the wrong ways to be successful? Hopefully the answer is “yes.” Hopefully you know that he road to success, as cheesy as it sounds, is never an easy one. But it’s sure as hell worth it.
From all the “oh sh*t, what was I thinking” moments to the moments that make you say “wow, how did I pull that one off,” college is truly a time of trial and error. The amount of growth that occurs in a four-year span, whether you realize it or not, is something to be cherished, and that is why the “glory years” have the positive reputation that they do: not for all the hard times you endure, but how you eventually triumph on the other side.
I hope you look back on your college experience as a whole so far with more contentment and pride than disappointment. I hope you feel tiny little pieces of all the really important stuff that has happened still resonate within you. I hope you learned a lot about who you are and who you’re not.
I hope you look back and just see so much life in those years. The glory years. I hope at the end of it all, you feel that it was worth it.
Co-authored by Emma Drury and Haleigh McGill.