I’m an upperclassman in college. Like, what? When did this happen? How is this a real thing? Who approved this? Sometimes I think that I am going to wake up from a dream and realize that I am actually still a sophomore in high school with acne, a Beatles haircut, and a desire to talk to boys without having an asthma attack. I was a real catch, folks. Back on track though, I’ve grown and learned so much since my freshman year here at Baker on both a personal and professional level.
1) I’ve learned that it is okay to not have your life completely planned out. It’s totally okay to change majors. Almost everyone does and for those who don’t, congratulations because I am super indecisive so that’s quite the feat in my eyes.
2) I’ve learned that you need to study and prepare. While winging it is a semi effective mean of getting through high school or an unexpected night out in Lawrence, it’s not going to bode well for you in college classes.
3) I’ve learned to use my professors when I need help. They don’t hold your hand like your high school teachers did, but they do still want you to succeed. They want to help you plan out your four years here and make sure you can graduate on time and pass that test that you’ve been crying about because you don’t have any idea how to find the square root of 64. (Disclaimer, I do know the square root of 64. It’s 8. I think.)
4) I’ve learned that you have to get out of your comfort zone. College is about meeting new people and through all the events that SAC, Greek Life, and the Res Halls put forth, there is no reason to stay in your dorm and be an antisocial cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.
5) I’ve learned that being a theatre major is a lot harder than it seems. There is so much more to theatre than being a superstar onstage or pushing a button on the sound board. There are always plays to be read and analyzed, lines to memorize, sets to build, costumes to design, and much more. It is a constant challenge and while I sometimes want to pull my hair out, I cannot think of anything I would rather do. I love every minute of it.
6) I’ve learned that 69 cent drinks (75 cents with tax) at the Kwik happen during the summer and finals week and should be taken full advantage of. Your bank account can thank me later.
Now while I still have almost two years left at Baker and a whole lot more to learn, these first two years have been challenging and full of adventures in discovering who I am and who I am supposed to be.