With one month left of the semester, I decided I’d write about my freshman year of college. These past 10 months have without a doubt been the most challenging yet rewarding of my life.
- Get Involved!
Since the start of my fall semester, I have created friendships with people who have inspired and encouraged me to shoot for the stars. I became involved in many organizations on campus:
- UT Diplomats (Student Ambassador)
- Student Productions Marketing, Recreation, and Diveristy committees
- Women Business Professions Association
- Tennis Club
The people I have met through these clubs have truly impacted my freshman year in a very positive way. I learned that college is much more than staying up all night studying (or partying). I realized that the next 3 years are going to pass by super quick and its up to me to take advantage of the time I have to make a future for myself.
2. Challenge Yourself!
My first semester was exciting, but my second semester was even more so. I applied to be a Resident Assitant and was offered the position for the 2018-2019 school year. I also applied for Student Productions exec board and will serve as the Special Events Chair for the next year. I will be planning Homecoming for the students at the University of Tampa!!
3. Reach out to those who inspire you
These achievements inspired me to dig even deeper and see what else I could accomplish within the last few months of my freshman year of college, so I reached out to a young female entrepreneur (Natasha from Sol Studio) whose work ethic I admired. I conducted an informational interview and was later on offered an internship for summer! I am so excited for this opportunity! I also got a summer job (my first job!) to keep me busy. 😉
4. Don’t let the hard times get you down
These are some of my favorite accomplishments this year, but I also had some very difficult times. Even though I was constantly being surounded with other students my age, I felt lonely at times. I like to think it was because of my “reverse- culture shock” coming back to the USA from France. That alone was a huge struggle during the first few months of college.
Since then, things started progressively getting better and better! I can already tell my sophomore year is going to exceed the level of fun I’ve had this year. I think the most important lesson I learned during my freshman year is that things will always get better as long as you trust yourself and make an effort. I kept telling myself this through out this roller coaster of a year and it has motivated me to stay positive. I think this method worked really well considering all of the things I have done to get me out of my comfort zone!
5. Set Goals
During this whole time I also managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA! This just goes to show that if you set goals, the sky is the limit!!P.S. I’d like to thank my parents and grammielicious for keeping me sane during this whole time!!