your story is just beginning
To freshman Kacie– I registered for classes for the last time today. The credit scenes to my most action-packed, drama-filled movie are about to roll, and I can’t help but think where I started freshman year. Moving into a shoe-box room in the Quad, I never would’ve realized how impactful my four years at Auburn would be.
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I’ve met my best friends, realized my passions, and loved sporting my orange and blue. Here’s a few things I wish I would’ve known before starting my journey.
  1. Be intentional
My goal for senior year was to be more intentional, and I wish I had done it from the beginning. College is a time to find yourself. Find the people who push you to be better. Find your passion. Be intentional about spending time with people who live two minutes down the road and making every moment count.
  1. Say yes, but not to everything
I’m a firm believer in saying yes to any opportunity that comes my way, but sometimes it’s okay to say no. There were some times when all I wanted to do was lay in my bed and not think about anything, but I didn’t think I could because that’s a waste of my day. Reality check: It’s okay. Sometimes you need to put yourself first, and take a breather. As much as you want to go to bingo every single Thursday, staying in and watching Netflix with your roommate is just as fun and good for the soul.
  1. Put yourself in awkward situations
I know what you’re thinking, every situation I’m in is an awkward situation. Well, yes, even four years later I’m still awkward. But I’ve met some of my best friends from putting myself into uncomfortable situations. I thought a boy was cute, so i went and introduced myself and now he’s my best guy friend. The worst that can happen is that you’ll never see them again, and the best is gaining a life-long friend.
  1. Get to know your professors 
Going into a freshman year I was terrified of going into an auditorium full of students. I had never been in a class with more than 30 people so 300 was a huge step. Becoming friends with my professors
  1. Start an Auburn bucket list
The end of my sophomore year, I realized I needed an Auburn bucket list. A book filled with 100 things that I had to complete before graduation. Because I started this two years in, I now only have one semester left and 36 things left to do. Although I will be completing all 100, I would’ve loved to have completed things my freshman year.
College isn’t as picture perfect as Pitch Perfect sets it out to be. But don’t forget about how lucky you are to go to the greatest university. Oh, and try not to get run over by a biker- they come out of nowhere.