letter to my freshman self - katie shore
Dear Freshman Katie,
Wow! It’s your first year of college and at Baylor. There is so much uncertainty and change right now, but I promise that it is all for the best. I want to reassure you and encourage you as you make this exciting and simultaneously nerve-wracking transition.
You’ll survive your 8 am economics class, even though it won’t feel like you will sometimes. I promise you’ll learn to like the mornings and actually *gasp* choose to take some classes at 8 am in your later semesters. You’ll find your people and make meaningful friendships, even if it takes a little bit of time. It’s okay not to meet your best friend or future bridesmaid on the first day of class. Put yourself out there and be intentional in your relationships. At times, it may seem unimportant compared to studying for exams or boosting your resume, but those people will be what you remember about college, not your grades. You won’t be able to remember the hours you spent studying, but you will remember spontaneous outings with friends and fellowship. Don’t forget about Mom, Dad, Joe, and the rest of the family either: they are always cheering and praying for you. Keep in touch.
You’ll take classes that you love (and don’t love) that will help you discern what your future career path will look like. Most importantly, I want you to remember that it’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. Your major, minor, and GPA don’t define you – ever. It’s not a competition either. Do what you love and use your academics to serve God and glorify Him. He has given you so many gifts and talents, so don’t waste them!
Take your time. Study hard. Make time for others. You are going to grow in so many ways this year and throughout your time at Baylor. You’re going to meet incredible people through Tri Delta, St. Peter’s, your classes, and other organizations. You’re going to grow in your faith and come to have a deeper relationship with the Lord. God is so good! Trust His plan for you and continue to align what you desire with what He desires for you. When you are down and struggling, turn to Him for comfort; in this time of so much change, He is always a constant.
You’ve got this, and always remember: “I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, Your God, is with you wherever you go” (Josh 1:9).
Your Future Self