Talk about a week filled with many emotions and A LOT of change, good change that is. This week, we moved into our new place and I had graduate school orientation. While this was all incredibly exciting, it was also very hard. I don’t like change, and change is hard for me.
When I first started undergrad, I cried for what seemed like the whole semester because I missed my parents and home SO much. I was at a new school, new city and my parents weren’t right next me. It was scary and sad, but guess what? It was OK. I was OK and I grew and became a stronger individual. And you know what? That couldn’t have happened without change.
When my parents left today to go home, I cried (no surprise there). I was suddenly shocked with a sense of reality. I am in a new city and I am about to start graduate school. WHAT?!
Going to orientation, I was nervous. Yet again, I was at a new school, driving down new streets and about to meet new people. Humans are creatures of habit, so I began to miss my old professors and friends I went to undergrad with. However, I stopped that mindset and began to realize I should be excited about the new professors I was going to meet, this new incredible school and the new friends I was going to make. And it hit me (again), you need change to grow as a person and create new experiences.
Change is scary, but it’s also good. Living in Milwaukee with Nic and going to graduate school is different, but it’s a good different. Life does not wait for anybody, and it’s up to you to face it head on (with the help of loved ones, of course).
I ended this day with a smile on my face and the thought that I am starting a new exciting adventure. This is the beginning of a new journey and I couldn’t be more excited to see what is ahead.
So, whenever you are getting sad that life and your routine is changing, think about this. It’s OK to be sad and scared (and cry), but don’t let that cloud the bright future ahead. You can be scared for a little, but push that aside and greet the world with confidence and a smile. After all, life is what you make it.