I am sure that many of you have read a lot of articles and blogs on someone's freshman year of college and are like "ugh, another one". Yes, this is another one, but it is mine. Just like the other's, I want to tell my first year experience of college.
I decided to go to the University of North Dakota because I wanted to get away of all the hassle and bustle that is the Twin Cities. I have grown up at my cabin in Northern Minnesota, and this is when I realized I am more of a small town nature girl, instead of a city girl. UND was the perfect mix of the outdoors, and a small town. With only about 16,000 students and a lot of flat land, I have still been able to call this place home. Everyday, not matter where you will go, you will run into a familiar face, whether it be at Squires Dining Center, or walking to class. Along with the people here, I have met some of the nicest people. Whenever you walk by someone, even if it is a complete stranger, they will always smile at you. One of my favorite encounters was when I was on a run, a girl who was running the opposite way of me smiled, gave me a thumbs up, and said "keep it up!" Little moments like that have made me fall in love with Grand Forks.
Now, I am sure a lot of you are wondering, "really? Grand Forks is in the middle of nowhere". Yes, this is true, but I don't think people realize how much there is to do here. I have been able to get myself involved in many different ways. There are a ton of different shops and original little restaurants. You can always venture down to East Grand Forks, and walk along the beautiful river, catch a movie at River Cinema, or even take a day trip to Fargo! I can admit though, that if you are die hard city folk, you will find it difficult here at UND.
North Dakota is known for its very cold and windy winters. Coming from Minnesota, the winters here are not much different besides the unbearable cold. There were times this year where I walked to class in layer after layer, in -30 degree temperatures. Now that is something no one will ever get used to, but I that is just what we get when we decide to live here:)
UND has given me some of my closest friends. I became closer with some people here in 3 months, than people I went to school with for 13 years. My roommate is a huge one. We started off only knowing each other through a job at Buffalo Wild Wings back at home. Now, I tell her everything. I never thought people could have such a big impact on your life until I came to college. When you are away from home, your friends are your family. You go to them when you're having the worst day, and you share smiles when you are having the best day. Unfortunately, some things don't go the way we planned. A lot of the wonderful friends I have made here decided to continue their journey's elsewhere. My roommate is transferring to the U of M. Even though we are separating tomorrow, I feel like I will be coming back with her in the fall. When in reality, she isn't. That is okay, because I know we will be friends forever, and we will visit each other often. Don't forget abut me Hales.
Freshman year has taught me a lot of things. It taught me how to be independent. It has taught me how to love myself. It has brought me closer to my family than I have ever been. I have learned how to get ready 10 minutes before my morning class. It has taught me how to save money, and spend it all on Deek's Pizza. Freshman year has been full of late nights, stressful days, and wonderful afternoons. It has taught me to never take free textbooks for granted. It has taught me great math skills too, such as calculating how bad you can do on your test to maintain a passing grade in a class. It has shown me that there is no more of a stressful week than finals week. But on the bright side, freshman year has taught me how to be who I truly am. We all tend to be more of an artificial version of ourselves in high school. Always trying to be cool and fit in. In college, there's no such thing as fitting in. If you do you, you will be forever successful. Thank you freshman year. It is now time to "keep on keeping' on".
Just a girl with a journal, a pen and a camera trying to express herself to the outside.