Letter to My Future Self for the 2017 to 2018 School Year

And so the adventure begins


Be brave


Dear future self (2017 to 2018),

It is intimidating to think that the upcoming school year is my last year of college. True, I know that the last year can seem scary, but also exciting despite being filled with some sadness. No matter what you are assigned in theatre, be willing to make sacrifices if you get something bigger than house manager. That might mean going to less gatherings and spend less time with the club you call family and the social group that you call your mini family. That is only due to the fact that if you have something bigger than house manager, that would mean going to rehearsals. It might seem crazy to be graduating with two minors, but that sounds very impressive. Because you are going to be a theatre minor, there could be a chance of getting more involved in Gardner Webb’s shows.

Next year, try not to over worry so much. I know that constantly happens leading up a test or even worse final exams. Also don’t be kind of nervous about making the switch from dorms to suites. Living in the dorms was wonderful, but there was never a good roommate experience. Remember that some of ┬áthose living in the suites are people you have already met. Those suite-mates I am certain will not lead you to have a bad roommate experience.

People might challenge your faith once again. I know it can be quite difficult to be an Episcopalian at a Baptist school. They just believe very differently than you do. No matter what they say, always keep the strong spirit you have been given by God. Stay true to the beliefs you believe when it comes to spirituality.

Do not be quite as distracted by the blog. True, I know it is a big stress reliever. But due to some things coming up next year, it might mean writing on the blog less or even checking up on it less. It just depends on when classes happen or what role you are given in the theatre.

You have grown a lot since you first transferred to Gardner Webb. True, you still have a very small comfort zone, but you have already proven to take the risk and do something outside of your comfort zone. One such thing was becoming president of your club or agreeing to move the suites. Agreeing to move to the suites was one big thing to do outside of your comfort zone. It might take some getting used to when you move to the suites. Not only are further away from everything, you are living on the third floor. At least, the suites are still on Campus. You are living in the suites and you might be able to view more sunsets since you are closer to the lake.

Make the most of next year. Next year will be your last year of Gardner Webb. You were meant to be at that school. Entering college in 2012, you never would have imagined you would have been a Sociology major or even a theatre minor. That was because at the time, you never wanted to take Sociology or even Psychology. You also were not a musical fanatic like you are today. You were at community college and were so ready to spend time at Gardner Webb. The main reason why you were not a musical fanatic when you started college five years ago was because Les Mis was not even part of your life yet.

Above are pictures of me throughout my college years. The Pippin picture and the stage door picture occurred after my first semester of college of Gardner Webb, which was in 2015. I saw both Pippin and Les Mis in London the same summer and both were dates with my mom. The picture of me on the hike and the Newsies picture was from summer of 2016. The picture of me dressed as Eponine was taken this summer.

Things I love About College

  1. The Community- everyone is so nice
  2. Campus Civitan- my club, it is a service club and they are like family to me
  3. My friends
  4. The Gathering- student-led worship service
  5. Feeling of Independence
  6. Discovering more of who I am
  7. Outings beyond my college
  8. The social activities
  9. Theatre- enjoyable going to shows at my school

The Uniqueness of Learning

Being a college student has its many challenges. But those challenges are worth it in the end. College is able to teach you things in the academics and beyond. You even have chances to help develop your spirituality and independence. You learn highly important leadership skills. College has been one of the best parts of my life and I know it will just get better and better. I have learned so many things and some of them are not academic related.

Learning is something that humans are good at. But learning is the most difficult when you make a mistake. ┬áLearning goes beyond being in a classroom and studying. Sometimes you learn just by looking at your surroundings. My school has some of the best sunsets and that is a sign from God telling me that I am at the right place and that I am heading in the right direction. Since high school, I have known that I am a spiritually strong person. I can feel it the best in nature and Christian songs. I feel God’s connection to Christian songs the most when I am actually singing along. By being reminded that God will never give up on my college journey, it teaches me that I can trust in the Lord when something becomes challenging.

Once a student always a student. We are always learning even when we don’t think so. College has taught me the importance of doing things outside of your comfort zone, being more open-minded, and among other things. I feel like a much stronger person since I started Gardner Webb. College helps you figure out more of who you are. I don’t let anyone else define me or let their opinions of me change who I really am. I love who I am and I don’t want anyone to change that at all.