Welcome back to BYU-Idaho! If you’re joining us for your first semester, know that this campus is lucky and happy to have you.
Starting a new semester can be full of excitement and nerves. With New Years shortly behind us, we’re in a time where we can focus on how we want to improve and remember the things we’re blessed with.
As I head into my final semester, I’ve thought plenty about the things that have made my time at BYU-I a positive experience, and the difficult things that helped me grow.
We are at a place in our journey when decisions can alter the direction of the rest of our lives. Many, if not most, are experiencing freedom from their childhood homes and rules for the first time.
This freedom can be tempting and liberating. If you want to eat cereal for all three meals everyday, you totally could.
In my last four years, I’ve learned that this freedom means a lot more than having the dream junk food pantry you had when you were 15, attending parties, sleeping through classes and getting arthritis from swiping on dating apps or scrolling on social media.
College also means more than hitting the books, chaining yourself to the library and crying over grades. Sometimes C’s really do get degrees.
The best part of this freedom is discovering what’s going to work for you. Maybe you plan on going into a profession where your portfolio and experience means more than a GPA, or you might really need to plan on spending 10 hours in the library throughout the week.
Now is the time to live and learn. By all means, go to the party. Figure out the best times to study. Change your major once or five times.
Once you graduate, you’ll have the rest of your life to work, worry about bills and complain about your rowdy kids or pets.
After college, we head into a world without dress codes, honor codes and ecclesiastical endorsements. The real world isn’t so cut and dry and if you can spend the next however many years truly working to discover yourself, you can face the “real world” being a little less freaked out about what’s next.
Just enjoy your time, remember that breathing is not only vital, but also relaxing, and that prioritizing yourself isn’t selfish.
I hope your college experiences teach you to be okay with just figuring it out, whatever it is, and making mistakes. If you think you’re making too many mistakes, just Google ‘quotes about making mistakes’ and you’ll see lots of famous people reassuring you that you’ll be fine.
From a soon-to-be-graduate, I wish you all a semester full of finding yourself, messing up and time spilt between libraries and parties. Here’s to another wonderful and challenging 13 weeks!