Reminiscing about this year

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Alexis Gardner | agardner5@radford.edu

As my sophomore year of college comes to an end, I cannot help but reflect on everything that has happened this year. It was not too long ago that I was graduating high school, and felt more than ready to embark on a new adventure at Radford University. Now, I cannot believe I’m already almost half-way through this college adventure. College changes a person for better or for worse. I like to think I have changed for the better while at Radford–especially this past year. This year has been such a rollercoaster, but I have enjoyed and learned every moment of it.

Time management was always something I excelled at, but this year really tested those skills. I have been taking 18 credits each semester, and it wasn’t impossible, but I’d definitely be lying if I said I didn’t have a few breakdowns during fall semester.

Almost everyone jokes about dropping out and becoming a stripper, because of how stressful college is. I do not want to say that I came close to that point, but I almost felt that way.  But, instead of doing that, I just called my mom. During my sophomore year, I learned that my mom was always going to be there for me. I already knew she was, because my mom and I are extremely close; but this year made me really realize that she will truly always be there for me. She was there whether I complained about classes, or having friend issues, but most importantly: she was just there to hear me talk.  I truly appreciate that from her, and will forever be grateful for, not only her dedication, but also the relationship I have with her.

Since my mom is not at college with me, a lot of times I had to lean back on my friends for support. Looking back, I will be forever thankful for college friends I made my freshmen year, and the ones I have made this year. I am a pretty introverted person, so I do not usually make friends as fast as most people. Making friends may have taken me a little longer than most people, but each and every one of my friends I made during my time at Radford have a special place in my heart. I have so many good memories with all of my friends, it is unbelievable.

Even though I have great friends here, being so far away from home and my friends there make me appreciate them even more. Being so far away in general makes me appreciate my home. The saying “there’s no place like home,” is true; home is home, and when I go home now I never want to leave.  This is the complete opposite of how I felt freshman year, where I never wanted to leave Radford and just stay here for as long as possible. Now, it is not as if I do not like being here, but it is more like I appreciate being home more, and that was something I took it for granted.

As I end my sophomore year of college, soon beginning my junior year, I cannot help but think about how much I love my majors, and overall being at Radford. I could have gone to a school that was much closer than five hours away, but I chose Radford and I love it. I am getting more into my studies and am enjoying it every step of the way. Yes, there have been challenges, but sophomore year was a great one and I cannot wait to see what junior year brings for me.