I don't think I can go any longer without writing at least something about my experience as a Freshman at BYU. I've been home now for a few days and have had a lot of time to think about all the memories, friends, funny experiences, tough classes, and amazing ward I have had these last two semesters. I think I should start at the very beginning...
After a lllooonnnggg summer after graduating from High School, I was counting down the days until I could move down to the dorms. I made the decision to room with someone that I didn't know in order to make new friends. We had exchanged a few emails and pictures over the summer, but I really didn't know how it was going to be living with someone I hardly knew. Move-in day finally arrived and I met Abby Robertson for the first time. After spending a few hours with her, I knew that I had nothing to worry about. Abby is hilarious, brilliant, hard working, spiritual, gorgeous, and the most dedicated person I know! She was and is such an example to me.
In addition to meeting Abby, I was able to become friends with some other AMAZING people. I really lucked out. You'd think that when you put 39 girls on the same floor with community bathrooms and showers, you'd have fights or cliques. I was amazed that the girls all bonded so well and loved doing stuff together.
Another memorable part of my Freshman experience was the sporting events. Although I did not attend as many games as I would have liked, the ones I was able to go to were so fun! I got my sport's pass with my high school friends, which turned out to be the best decision because I didn't get to see them a lot. I also attended a lot of basketball and soccer games with people from my ward. SO MUCH FUN!
The actual school part of the experience wasn't exactly the funnest aspect, but I did learn a lot about discipline and pushing myself. I learned (the hard way) that you can never be too prepared for a test and that there is always something you can be doing for school. I was lucky enough to be able to mix in some fun classes amongst a lot of generals. Fall semester I took Bookbinding, a class where you learn how to make books by hand. SO FUN! This semester I took a sewing class that was really busy, but I learned so much.
Having this time to look back on my Freshman Year has made me so grateful for the whole experience. I felt so blessed to be on a campus where I could feel the spirit and grow spiritually. I made so many lasting friendships and learned so much about myself. I can't wait for a whole new chapter of my life to begin this Fall when I start my Sophomore year.