Tuesday, August 24, 2010

College Part 1: move-in

Every year I work college move-in. I always love this day despite the fact that I will work 7am-11pm, or the fact that I will be outside in the pouring down rain for hours upon end. What I love is the fresh, new, looks on the faces of first-year students coming to college. My first day at college was so magical. My parents helped me unpack, took me grocery shopping, out to dinner, and then dropped me off. I remember standing there on the curb thinking, "now what?!" I felt lost. But so excited. As I ran up the steps and into my Residence Hall I knew that nothing would ever be the same. That was the beginning of my adult development which is still continuing today!

College was such an amazing experience for me and I loved every moment of it. In fact, writing this post makes me really miss my college years. So many people told me that college would be the best years of my life and that they would go so fast. If only I had listened.

I graduated from undergrad in 2003 and grad school in 2005. After 6 years at the University of Toledo, this is what college means to me in a few words.

C.ourage. to step outside of your comfort zone to learn about others and yourself. Take time to reflect on your experiences.
O.pportunity to grow and learn about yourself.
L.ove. Many people either find their one and only in college or go through some sort of break-up that is shaping of character and the person that one ends up being.
L.egacy. When leaving college, whether one realizes it or not, we all leave behind a legacy. Whether we make it big or small-we leave our mark on the college. We are a piece of its history.
E.xperience new things. Make mistakes. It is okay. That is what college is all about.
G.ive. to others. Make friendships. Many may stick with you for years and years.
E.ager. If you are getting ready to go away to college or are still in college-be eager to learn. Express yourself. Take advantage of ALL opportunities that come your way. You may never have this chance again.

Did you go to college? Did you enjoy your experience? What does college mean to you?

8 thoughts:

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

I LOVED my college experience. . . especially freshman year. You're right, it really was magical - and it really did go by so fast!

The Bonjour Family! said...

i enjoyed college, but i probably loved highschool better. I was in nursing school in college so i pretty much had no life.

Kristie said...

I absolutely ADORED my college experience. I still have Baylor memorabilia all over our home office. I remember my mom and my aunt along with my two younger cousins dropped me off at the university. I cried like a baby when they drove off. I thought "What am I doing? What do I do now?" So scary! But, it was an adventure, I made awesome new friends and will have stories and memories to last a lifetime. How lucky you are to get to experience it with the next generation of college kids. Super cool!

I Sew Lucky said...

Never went. I got married when I was 19 and had a baby a few months later. But, I LOVED high school!! It was the best! Wish I could go back sometimes!

Monique said...

Loved my college years - hated high school. Met you in college so major bonus! Got to travel all over Europe with you during our year abroad in England. Went to services at Westminster Abbey, enjoyed the London theatre scene almost weekly, and survived the rain. Hey remember when those bums stole our Chinese food and you left a nasty note? Loved the UK university system so much that I returned for grad school. Joined a sorority,went on 2 cruises for credit, got to make student films during undergrad, and did major reasearch at the National Archives in London during grad school. Doesn't get much better than that. Oh, why did you post this and make us all remember and long for hours spent in the library or staying up all night or going to class after staying up all night? Happy memories. :)

Melissa said...

I definitely loved college! For me, the best thing about college were the amazing friendships I made and the convenience of having those friends nearby. Now I have to fly, drive, or take a train to see my favorite people!

Valerie said...

I love this post, Gina! I remember feeling the exact same way when my parents left after helping me move in to my new place at school. I was so sad for them to leave but at the same time so excited to start the new chapter of my life. And it didn't disappoint. Those college years were amazing and I still miss them at times. There were so few responsibilities and so much fun to be had!


daisymay aka Chantele said...

I did go to uni in the UK but I didnt live in halls as I moved in with my Fiance instead. I kinda regret not doing halls as it can be fun but I also heard lots of bad things from people who got unlucky with their choice of flat mates and them im glad i didnt do it.

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