What I've Learned From My Sophomore Year (So Far)

It's spring break already?!
  1. Professors can be the most inspiring, thoughtful, hilarious, and wonderful mentors.
    A great teacher makes all the difference in an education.
  2. LITERATURE IS A VALID FIELD OF STUDY
    I'm being taught to think critically, critique power structures, and incorporate theory and text into my worldview. Side effect: EMPATHY for all people
  3. You can add friends to your circle without dropping the old ones.
    Maybe it's because I went to the same school for thirteen years, but I have a hard time making new friends. The friendships I've made and solidified this year have proven that true friends will make room for more friends.
  4. Drama doesn't stop with high school.
    Long story short: I was fired from the staff of my school's literary and visual arts journal for something both sides soon agreed was stupid. It sucked, but I've moved on.
  5. You don't have to talk to people you don't want to.
    See above point.
  6. It's okay to be unsure of what you want to do with your life.
    That's what school is for.
  7. Freshman year is pure naïveté.
    I'm only a sophomore, I realize this. But oh God, at least I'm not a freshman
  8. Invest in your schoolwork.
    Your grades do not define you, or necessarily measure your knowledge. But being engaged with what you're studying is so much better than being checked out, mentally.
  9. You might become a slower reader.
    I sped read all through high school. Now, it takes me a lot longer to read a text--but I do so much more carefully. I guess that's a pretty fair trade?
  10. College is a lot. It's a privilege. It's wonderful. It's late nights and lots of coffee. It's scheduled and oh-so-unscheduled. I love it.