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My Thoughts On Junior Year

Wow, I cannot believe that the day has finally come where I am a junior in college. I remember freshman year like it was yesterday. Now I am halfway through college and I am preparing to go into the real world. That is a big and heavy pill to swallow.

Nothing throughout my college career has been consistent except for my major. I’ve changed a lot as a person, my friend groups have changed, and my passions have changed. When I originally came into college, I thought I had everything planned out to the minute. I thought I would live this life and meet my forever group of friends fall of my freshman year and I would be a 4.0 student. I thought I would have it all.

I do have it all, but not in the way I imagined it in the slightest. I didn’t make that forever group of friends my fall semester of freshman year. I don’t have that 4.0 GPA, and my life hasn’t gone to plan whatsoever. However, I am so grateful for where I am today.

I joined Gamma Sig spring semester of my freshman year (shout out to all of the Beta O’s). I ended up making more friends throughout my sophomore year and becoming close with a couple of sisters. Those people are amazing, and I am so lucky that I found them. They’ve taught me lessons and instilled values in me that I will have for a lifetime.

That time is now in the past. Now, I have to focus on bettering my GPA and start looking at the next steps after college. That is a scary thought because the biggest thing that I’ve learned in college is to not have a plan. Any plan that someone has will go out the window. How am I supposed to prepare for my future without having a plan? It’s an interesting thought and it’s not easy.

I am going to push off planning my future for a little bit as I try to figure out what I really want because there are some days where I question being a teacher. There are other days when all I can think about is setting up my future classroom and being a role model to my future students. These contrasting thoughts make it that much more difficult to plan out my future and to pursue a career path because I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I am still trying to figure everything out, even though I am a Junior in college. Yes, I may be halfway through, but I have evolved into this new person over the past 2 years. It’s hard to plan out something that is seemingly so concrete.

However, with Gamma Sig I’ve found that I don’t need to have plans and I can just have fun. I can have while doing service or going to Unity Events with other sisters. Gamma Sig is this place where I am always making more friends and getting to know people better. It is truly a break from the consistent anxiety attacks that junior year has already caused me.

Junior Year will continue to be stressful and will continue to force me to adult. It is why I am so glad I have Gamma Sig to be that stress relief and that place where I can have fun while making an impact on our local community.

Katie DeBois

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