What I’ve Learned

     I remember walking into middle on my first day of sixth grade like it was yesterday. I was walking timidly behind my big brother, wearing a brown, purple and gold plaid skirt with a matching top and ballet flats. Although I was a little nervous and shy, I was excited for all of the things that were coming my way. I was going to have my very own locker, I was going to be switching classes, and I was going to be meeting tons of new friends! This is what I had been looking forward to.

     As I began to grow weary of all of the middle school excitement, I started to look forward to the next big thing: high school! I couldn’t wait to go to my first high school football game, or to get my license, or to go to my first party! Middle school may not have quite lived up to its expectations, but I knew that high school would.

     The thrill of being a high school student wore off even more quickly than that of being a middle school student. Disappointed that my hopes had not been fulfilled, I decided to work hard so that I could graduate early and move on to yet another phase of my life: college! I had no doubt in my mind that college would be what I needed; college would live up to the high standards that had been set.

     I remember walking into my first day of college classes like it was yesterday. I was late, having walked five minutes in the wrong direction, but I arrived just shortly after class began with my curls still in tact, wearing my favorite sundress and Jack Rogers. I couldn’t believe that I was finally here. I had worked so hard to get to this point in my life. I couldn’t wait for all of the opportunities and new experiences that I would have.

     The thing about college is that I actually lived in the moment and enjoyed it. Through high school and middle school, my constant focus was on what the next chapter of my life was. I thought that simply moving on to the next chapter would bring my happiness. In college, I found that you can’t just sit around, waiting and hoping that the next phase of your life will be better. I finally came to the realization that you must actively hunt for happiness instead of just waiting for it to come your way.

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