DONE. I have officially completed my semester of college! I flew by just like everyone said it would and was a complete adjustment. Joining a sorority took up a lot of time but was so worth it. I met so many new people and have definitely seen a change in myself. From how I act and dress, every way I present myself has been tweaked but I know it is for the better. Classes were good, hard to wake up for sometimes, but overall I did learn a lot and finished strong. Probably the worst thing to happen to me was getting sick. I think I had the flu at one point and could not leave my bed for more than an hour. It was different not having people there to help me and to have to take tests when my head was so dizzy I couldn’t walk straight and no one cared. The past four months was probably one of the biggest changes I will go through. I learned a lot about myself, other people, and how to function in a brand new atmosphere. The friends I have made in this first semester were worth every long night, ice cream runs, borrowed clothes, shared stories, and sisterhood.
I know that the next seven semester hold so much for me and I only wish I could make them slow down
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy being assassinated. This picture I took visiting his memorial last spring. So many theories and unanswered explanations of how and why this event occurred. JFK was president during a time of social upheaval and scratching the surface of a huge turning point of time where things were about to take off. His death represented to loss of innocence of the 1950’s launching distrust in the government and the actions leading to the Vietnam War. He didn’t live to see the success of his administration but he is always remembered for his contributions and the unlimited potential he possessed.
To think of how the world has changed since 1963 is incredible. Since then we have had the War Powers Act, Watergate, personal computers, Star Wars, South African racial equality, the International Space Station, 9/11, and the revolution of social media. This past half century has been the most rapid changing of time with so many components that are not just political, but social and economical.
This death was a pivotal moment because Kennedy was so personable and such a beloved president. One of the few who got down to the people’s level not for media coverage, but because he felt that his position was more than an office.
Let’s be real, college is always one of those things that has a time ticker. For the majority of people you just get four years where you are suppose to create all these amazing memories, and friendships, and last chances before you head off into the real world and are cut off from the college life you have come to know and love.
In order to make those memories and everything else that comes with it I decided I need to make a list of everything I want out of these years. I am not going to be this age forever and there are some opportunities that are only available to you at this time. I could probably write a novel of everything I could do but I know that this list needs to not only be things that are simple but also needs a few stretch items.
This is what I encourage for you as a reader. DO IT WITH ME! Even if you are in college, not in college, or just starting out like me I am sure that there are some things that you know you need to accomplish. The biggest thing with a bucket list is time. Give yourself a deadline whether it be a month, a year, or a lifetime.
This seems to be the advice everyone is giving me lately. The first half of this quote is primarily my perspective. Most days just seem to take forever to finish, even longer when you consider exhaustion and mental draining that happens just through school work, new meeting, and trying to find time to eat. I’m trying to have a great start to the next years and so far it’s been pretty amazing. Last week seems like forever ago I can’t imagine how I will feel by the end of the year! I have already seen changes in myself and I know I’m just going to grow more. Everyone else I meet who are older really emphasize the last portion of the quote. So many times I’ve heard people say how they would love to redo their freshman year and they can’t believe how little time they have left for them. Slow down people! I just started! My goal is to have as few regrets as possible and so far none yet to complain of. -R