I’ve heard someone say that you learn more about yourself in one year of college than 4 years in high school. As I have had both experiences, I can definitely agree with that statement. My first year of college flew by faster than I imagined even possible. And I thought my Senior year of high school went by fast. Ha! I had such an amazing year at OU– it was pretty much everything I hoped and dreamt it would be. I like to look back at my Freshman year of college and the more I do the more I realize how I don’t know anything. Like, as humans, we literally know nothing. It’s God’s job to know and our job to trust Him.
I didn’t know that the sweet girl from Houston in my recruitment walking group would be one of my best and first friends in Pi Phi. Erica and I skipped from Pi Phi to Gould Hall where we signed a card saying we wanted to be part of that sisterhood and the next day we found each other on the same lawn. I didn’t know that this would be the year that I lost my grandma. But, I am thankful that my God gives us a hope for those we have lost– the promise that we will be reunited one day in the presence of His love for eternity.
I learned things this year and if you are an incoming Freshman, I can give you tips and tricks for surviving the first year. But, you truly will never be prepared until you have been in and through it. You have to make yourself get up for class, church, and to go work out. You are responsible for your grades and getting yourself home on a Thursday night after a little bit of partying (should you chose to go out). College makes you learn a lot about YOU. The weird thing about college is that people just don’t care. Like in high school you could find some people who would gossip and judge people’s actions, but in college people don’t care what you do. Again, YOU have to care about what you do and seek those friends who will care about you and your grades and your health and your safety. College is a strange bubble of the world where you have few responsibilities yet limitless opportunities.
With barely 3 weeks to go, I am so happy that I didn’t know a lot coming into this. Luckily I had the mindset that was that of a child, completely trusting in my guardian, my Father. That is probably my #1 piece of advice for Freshmen. Recruitment was hard, class is challenging, partying can be tempting, getting up for church can be impossible, and following Him can be testing BUT if you put all your eggs in God’s basket He will bring you through to the best result for you. Whether you realize it is the best right away or not. We all have vulnerable moments where the Enemy tries to sneak into your mind, I had those this year, but I encourage you to press on in your faith. I am so thankful for the learning experiences that my Freshman year brought me and I will always remember this year with a loving fondness. No matter what new experience you are about to go through, I encourage you to trust Him.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24