In life, things are always changing. Some people love change.

Some people hate it. But, like the wind in Rexburg, no matter how you feel about it, it is always going to be there.

So the best thing to do is learn how to make changes work for you and not against you.

Now, at the beginning of a new semester, odds are that most of us are experiencing some sort of change in life — change of address, change of major, change of relationship status, change of lifestyle, change of calling or change of employment.

The list could go on and on, but nobody has time for that.

So how do we make the most of these times of change?

Looking back on my life, I can see times that I handled change well and times that I didn’t, so I’ve learned a thing or two about it.

My best advice for embracing a new phase in life, like a new semester, is to be open to the opportunities that your new situation offers.

I remember as a teenager visiting my dad and sisters in Utah one summer.

For the first few weeks after arriving, I was always texting, calling and missing my friends and family back home.

I will never forget the day my dad taught me that if I did not mentally let go of the life I knew in Montana, I would never be able to enjoy my summer with the rest of my family in Utah. Um, OK, Dad.

That was a really hard concept for me to accept because I thought it meant I had to abandon those I loved back home, and I wasn’t big on that idea. But that’s not what it meant. It just meant I had to embrace my current situation in order to be happy where I was.

And you know what? He was right.

Once I began looking for the good in my situation and focusing on building the relationships I had with the people who were around me, I had the best summer of my life up to that point.

I still talked to my friends and family back home throughout the summer, but not so much that I missed them more than I enjoyed my new situation.

If you’re homesick, that’s OK. If you miss your old apartment, job or group of friends, that’s OK, too.

But I wouldn’t recommend dwelling on the things you miss. It really will keep you from enjoying the present, and nothing will seem as good as what you had before.

So, this semester, be open to trying new things. Even if you just left a great, comfortable situation in life, be open to what your new one has to offer. You might just be surprised at how happy you can be in this new phase in life.