During Welcome Week each year, the freshmen each write a letter to themselves that they get during Senior Week. Most people forget about this, but I remembered, since I’ve been an Orientation Guide for the last two years. I got it at our Champagne Toast the other day, and I realized that I was a pro at writing letters to myself back in the day. I wrote one to myself both junior and senior year in high school, at the beginning of my freshman year, and after I joined Alpha Phi, and they have all been really great letters in different ways. I had a lot of concerns in my letter to myself from Welcome Week, which is totally understandable for that point in time for a student. So…I thought I would share a bit about what I was scared of, and how it turned out. (Freshman Steph will be in bold….just to clarify.)
From the Welcome Week Convocation I learned that I need to get more sleep already… I’m so glad that I was this honest with myself so early, but the sad thing is that I never really took that to heart. I slept very little over the last four years, and the only thing that it did for me is provided me with a coffee addiction.
My concerns are that I won’t make new friends that will last forever, and that I will fail. Again, I was really straightforward during that week I guess. In the end, I did make friends that I think will last forever. Of course, it took some to find them, and it wasn’t always easy. But, during my college years I found some absolutely amazing people who I love, and I’m positive that Twitter and Facebook will allow us to all stay together even after we leave each other. As far as the failing thing goes, I didn’t. I don’t know exactly how to define what “failing” would have been for me….but I guess that since I am graduating tomorrow, and since I truly embraced my years at Butler….I didn’t fail. Success!
Right now it’s so awkward and I feel so little… Feeling awkward and little is the essence of Welcome Week. It’s awesome time, but it really kind of sucks as a freshman. It isn’t until later years when it’s really amazing and just the best week that ever existed. Embrace college…and it’ll be fine.
I am so afraid that this will turn out to not be the right place for me… Well, it was the right place! I couldn’t imagine spending my college years anywhere else, which is why it is hard to be ready to leave right now. Butler helped me grow into the person that I am now, and I’m so grateful.
We graduate today….which still feels completely unreal. Class of 2012….you’re great and it’s been an amazing four years.