This will be the last post of the year. I would like to thank each of you for reading this post and faithfully reading each of the others, because I know that you waited with anticipation for each and every post. Ok, even if you didn’t, I’d still like to thank you even if you are only reading this post. It’s finals week here at Southern, students are busy all over campus procrastinating or studying, and the rare few are able to balance both. Finals are designed to be cumulative; (except for the rare few professors who show mercy) these tests are designed to encompass everything learnt in class during the semester. I think it is only fitting to follow the trend and make this post cumulative of the past year.
Arriving at Southern, I was unsure of what to expect. I had heard great stories of fun and friends and horror stories of terrible experiences. I was uneasy going into a new situation, but I did it anyway. Thankfully, I had the help of a good buddy from camp. He knew the ins and outs of Southern and seemed to know everyone on campus which made meeting the first few friends pretty easy. I guess this would be the first lesson I learned and the first piece of advice I can share: network to find a friend who can help you out. The advice I received from my friend as well as the connections I made through him helped assure my success my first year of college. When you first get to college, if you don’t already have one, find a friend that will act as your bridge into the college world.
In my Greek class this year, we would learn a new concept and then the next week we’d build off the old concept in order to teach a new one. In this same way I felt I built my friend group. The friend group played a tremendously huge role this year. No man is an island and this year especially I felt I was rocked by the waves of troubles. My friend group helped me through, and without them I think I might have been washed away. This would be the second lesson and piece of advice I can give: build a strong network of friends and appreciate them. I found when I was sick in bed unable to get up to eat my friends would bring me food and make sure I was taken care of. Find friends like these, they will watch out for you and save you from a whole lot of trouble, they will help you when you are in trouble, and then rebuke you because you got in trouble. These friends are priceless.
School is can be tough sometimes because of the workload and the stress. Take time to relax! Stress is great and can be a very positive motivator to get things, like school work done, but make sure each day you have time to relax and do something fun. Those who don’t relax go crazy. The key is to balance the time spent relaxing with the time spent working. A good balance will go a long way. Thankfully, this was one skill I had picked up before college, but it definitely has served me well here.
I’ve learned an incredible amount in this one year and I don’t feel I can quite do the knowledge justice by trying to summarize in a short blog post, I wish I had more time to share but I don’t. I guess this “final review” has come to an end. In this last blog post, I’ve shared what I feel will help and I hope that it does. I would like to wish each one reading this congratulations on finishing the school year, a warm welcome for those coming next school year, and a hearty thank you to all who have shared an amazing year with me at Southern Adventist University.