It feels as if I have blinked my eyes and the last two years have come and gone. It seems like just yesterday that my parents were moving me into Hall 15 and I was hyperventilating about starting a new chapter of my life on my own. But it also seems like forever ago, because I was a different person back then. I am not saying I have changed entirely–but rather, I have taken my old self and improved upon her and developed further. I love the person I have become because of my experiences here at Bryant.
I have said this before and I will say it again–sophomore year was a year of self growth. Freshman year is an illusion. It’s the year of trying to figure out how to live on your own without your parents, how to do this whole college thing, while also making friends and just trying to survive it all. But sophomore year, sophomore year is when it all becomes too real. I started taking my courses that pertain to my majors, I took on a serious job on campus in the Honors Program, I learned what I can and cannot do for extracurriculars here, obtained an internship for this summer, and figured out more of who I am in this “real world.” Nothing about it was easy. I cannot sit here and write that it was all sunshine and rainbows, because we all know that that is not how life works. But it was filled with an immense amount of hard work that I knew I needed to do if I wanted to succeed in the different areas of my life. The hard work in the end is what is going to get me places in this world and I came to Bryant to work.
There were so many moments this year though that took my breath away. I found my group of forever friends on campus, I joined Tri Sigma, which has honestly changed my life for the better, and I have learned from every single mistake I have made in order to grow from all of them. I never knew it was going to be like this. That I can work myself to the bone academically and have such a strong support system of friends behind me the entire time. I was always afraid I was not going to find my people–but I was lucky enough to do so and to learn from them everyday. That is the charm about Bryant, you know who everyone’s set of people are and it is funny to see how they all adapt and live life together.
I am forever grateful for this year and I cannot even begin to imagine what is on the horizon for junior year. All I know right now is that I am going to be working at my dream internship this summer and will be prepping myself mentally for the junior year journey before me.
XOXO Bryant, see you in the fall.