Life Lessons from Semester #1

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I'm growing up.
I'm growing up, whether I like it or not.
And I'm not sure if I like it or not.

2010 is ending quickly. I just finished my first semester of college. I'm making my own decisions, doing things on my own, and living outside of the control of my parents. Everything is so different, everything is unlike anything I've done before. I never thought I'd be here. College was something so far off in the distance that I basically thought it would never creep up and find me. Needless to say, it did find me, capture me, and swung me around on quite an entertaining semester before returning me safely to where I began, and where I find myself tonight.

Looking back on the past 4 1/2 months, it's easy to say I've learned a lot. It was a big semester of taking baby steps to becoming a college student. It took a lot of trial and error to find things that work. Here are some of the most important lessons I've learned.

- Sleep is important. Just because I'm waking up at 8am instead of 6 does not mean I can go to bed at 2am instead of 11pm.
- Textbooks are figgin' expensive, so don't treat them like trash. It'll pay off in the end. (No pun intended)
- The Dining Commons thumb scanner will never intimidate me ever again.
- Dorm life means there's always something going on, all the time. Don't let it distract you.
- Getting off campus every once in a while is SO important.
- Now is great a time as any to start learning money management.
- College classes are hard. College homework is hard. College papers are hard. Adapt your study habits.
- The freshmen 15 doesn't exist when you're a Westmont Student. Conquer the hills my warriors, conquer the hills.
- Sometimes, you just need a girl to talk to.
- Sometimes, you just need a boy to talk to.
- Sometimes, you don't need to talk about something at all.
- Homesickness is the worst feeling you will ever experience, but you can overcome it.
- Honor the Sabbath. Not just because it's in the 10 Commandments, but because there will come a time when your body will command it as well.
- Take your room key with you everywhere, especially the shower.
- Clark Gotcha was a great lesson in learning how to deal with paranoia
- Be confident. In everything.
- Smile often. People will appreciate it.
- Friendships need time to take root and grow. Don't rush.
- The don't rush applies to relationships with the opposite sex as well. Dating isn't necessary. Neither is obsession.
- God meets you at a time like this. Don't be scared to go out and meet with Him as well.
- Remember everything, because you won't want to forget it.

So how will this shape my next semester and the ones to come? These are lessons I'm going to keep with me for a long time. My time at Westmont is just beginning. Next year will bring a fresh new semester to embark upon, as well as the conclusion of my freshmen year. Then, summer and hopefully another 2 1/2 months at Calvin Crest. After my time on the mountain ends, I'll prepare to begin my sophomore year, with these lessons close at hand.

Something tells me I'll be alright.
Growing up will happen, and I think these lessons are starting to pave the way.

"I can't live without You, You are Heaven, I am Earth."

Respectfully submitted,