Senior Madalyn Lynxwiler (you may have known her as Mady Bozdech on this site until just a short time ago) is in her final few months as a student at LCU. She’ll graduate in May, and she’s getting a little reflective and perhaps sentimental. She wrote this piece for her own blog this week and graciously allowed us to share it here as well.
Dear college freshmen,
I know I’m just the crazy lady writing an open letter to all of the college freshmen. Why would you have to listen to me anyway? You don’t. But I am almost done with college and I’ve learned a few things along the way, so you should listen. I’m no genius, but I’ve learned from past mistakes and triumphs.
I am a senior in my last semester at Lincoln Christian University. Today, I walked across campus daydreaming about everything that I had done in these past four years. I met friends and broke friendships, I traveled, I went on adventures, I invested, I slept, I had fun, and I learned here. For the past four years of my life this campus has been my home. And in a few short months I will leave.
Let’s be honest. When we arrive at college, we think four years at school will last forever.
In fact, it goes much faster that you could imagine and then you realize that you’re at the end of your college career reminiscing about all the good times that you had.
So my 1st bit of advice: remember everything. Journal every exciting thing or boring thing or average day you have. Remember class projects, the ah-ha moments in class, the awesome professors you had, funny moments you had with your roommate, graduations, friendships made, trips taken, and conversations in the dorm. Take pictures, but don’t take so many that you forget to enjoy the moment.
So, college freshmen, hold tight to the memories. Buckle up. You’re in for a wild ride.