College Matters by Jacob Perry, staff writer for TrevEchoes, TNU's school newspaper
The unspoken truth about the four year (in some cases five to ten) process of earning a bachelor's degree at TNU is that there is a certain social theme for every year.What an awesome article! He hit the nail on the head! I have struggled with how many "friends" I lost over my Junior year, but the author definitely shed a great positive light on it. While I have lost many skin deep friends over the past semester or two, those who I have grown closer to I have come to love and care about more than I knew I could for friends.
Freshman year: Everyone is in a state of adjustment, and nobody wants to be labeled the source of discord by causing problems. So, for the most part, everyone gets along, Much of your time is spent getting to know one another and getting a feel for who you want to spend your time with. You learn that late night fast food runs put weight on faster than Kirstie Alley and playing your guitar and singing really loud in The Hub at its busiest times is really cool.
Sophomore year: The gloves come off. Some magical transition takes place during the summer between your freshman and sophomore years. some people mature, others seem to regress into a permanent adolescence, and a fair amount of students seemingly perfect the art of living and have become fully licensed philosophers ready to divulge priceless advice on situations they have not yet been in themselves. But its okay. They're philosophers. You start to spend more time with the people you can actually stand to be around. You also learn that playing your guitar in The Hub is not cool at all.
Junior Year: By now, you have typically weeded out the people you deem unnecessary to the survival of your happiness. you settle into a level of comfort with the ones you love. You keep your friends close and your enemies (thought it is not good to have any, but who are we kidding?) as far away from you as possible (which is easy to do save for the awkward run-in in the caf.). It's safe to say that in your junior year you find out who your real friends are.
Senior Year: Though it comes much too quickly, your senior year is spent with a mix of eagerness for the road ahead and regret for the one behind. There will always be something you wish you had done or done differently. But this isn't just senior year. This is life. You just learn to balance your life in such a way that what matters is where you are and who you are. You pull the friends you have made close. Oftentimes, you will find this number to be small, and that's okay. Count yourself blessed if you go through life with a small number of people you can actually call "best friends."
Anyways, have a great weekend! My baby sister is graduating from high school this year and we are having ~150 people at our house next Saturday night for dinner, so, pray I survive the chores and tasks given me over the next week! I have already repainted screen porch furniture, made 100 meatballs, and ran errands all around town. Busy is an understatement. I am ready and willing to help. I am so excited for her and want to do all I can to make this time as great for her as possible! :)
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Let's Celebrate! :)
Let's Celebrate! :)