Graduating from Auburn University in one short week, I have a great deal to be proud of. I have passed difficult classes, built a website and endured late nights and busy weeks. The best part of all this, though is my growth into the person I am now. I am now so different – and so similar – to who I was when I entered my freshman year of college.
A firm believer in the value of mistakes, I refuse to let myself regret any of mine, especially from these past four years. I would not have learned so many valuable lessons without said mistakes. While freshman year me (and honestly senior year me) made every kind of mistake, I would not trade a single one of them for the world. I am so thankful for the ways I have changed in reaction to the things I have learned, especially through my many mistakes.
Auburn is a place where I have had the opportunity to meet genuine people, learn immeasurable lessons on friendship and experience diversity. There is something to be said about such a place that can influence not only in the classroom, but in the community.
I feel so lucky to learn that every peak has a valley. The roller coaster that is college has reinforced this idea, and I have learned to appreciate every high, while I make it through every low and come out stronger.
I will cherish and treasure every memory I have made in college. The times that we’re hard, the times that I laughed, the times with my friends, and, my personal favorite: the times that surprised me. You never know what is coming your way and all the impact it can have on your life. This is both scary and exciting, but I feel like I have
an appreciation for this concept after my four years at Auburn.
In the least cliche way possible, I would only tell myself to enjoy the time, whether it be a peak or a valley. I would tell my freshman self to appreciate every mistake, and treasure all the lessons. Keeping a positive mindset has been such a saving grace and I would encourage it to my freshman self.
I encourage all readers to do the same: keep positive and appreciate where you are in life for the purpose it serves in your greater path.
In regards to do-overs: I would love nothing more than to experience college again, but only if it could be exactly the same the second time around. So thank you, Auburn, for the most thrilling, adventurous, educational and memorable years of my life.
If I could do it again, I would do it exactly the same.