If there is one thing this last Summer taught me, it’s that college is a huge transitional period.
Just two years ago, I was coming into my freshman year at USF, having just turned 18, still listening to my parents, taking instruction and following all of the rules. Since then, things have really changed; now I’m an upperclassman making my own decisions (which, by the way, come with a lot of mistakes), listening to my heart, and questioning the rules in place.
It’s a time of doubt, uncertainty, fear, excitement, joy, and enthusiasm. The independence that I’ve gained comes with a catch. It can feel so liberating, but at the same time, the responsibility can feel so restraining. Learning how to navigate this episode of my life gives me goosebumps.
I am using this clip of Calvin and Hobbes because I’m so appreciative and grateful for the simplicity last Summer brought me. Summers are a time to relax, think, and recover. I always end up feeling guilty during the Summer for asking myself things like, “Why am I not doing anything right now?”, “I should be productive”, “I really want to read a couple books this summer… nah, I’m just kidding.”
But, I’ve come to realize that those moments are going to be some of the last times I’ll be able to just sit. Just sit and do absolutely nothing.
I’m coming into this semester just barely getting my first credit card, I now have my own apartment, I am trying to balance classes, fraternity executive board, cycling club training and racing, and working two jobs—all while trying to maintain a social life. I wish it were as simple as my first year here, but it only gets better and more challenging.
In a couple years, Calvin and Hobbes summers just won’t be a reality anymore. But I’m willing to squeeze out as much of the childhood I have here at USF and here in the city of San Francisco. From celebrating ridiculous “holidays” like Bay to Breakers, taking advantage of education, and letting my parents pay for some things (though this becomes more infrequent as I go along).
The Summer was definitely relieving and now I’m looking forward to tackling the new semester and continuing to do better.
Thanks for the read! One Love.
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