Looking back on my sophomore year, I’ve realized that so much has changed in a short period of time, and I have grown immensely since I began in September. I made a lot of mistakes, but I also made some remarkable triumphs, and I’m proud of everything that I’ve experienced and learned.
Here are five lessons that really stuck with me from my sophomore year
1. Planning changes lives.
I adopted the Bullet Journaling system this year, and it really changed my productivity and my lifestyle. I became more responsible, was able to get ahead in my goals, and really got sh*t done. I don’t know how I could have possibly lived without planning as extensively as I do now, and I am so thankful that I discovered it when I did. Planning through my Bullet Journal also motivated me to plan out other things that were coming up in my life, not just my school assignments – I began thoroughly planning the semester that I hope to take abroad, and it has really eased my worries about getting things accomplished on time.
|I love my BuJo
I took a “break” from planning a couple of weeks into the Spring semester, and it was only through that lapse I realized how many mistakes and miscalculations I can avoid just by organizing my day. Planning has become a therapy of sorts for me, and learning how to plan effectively is a lesson that I will truly carry with me throughout the rest of my life.
2. Grades and study habits are most definitely worth spending time on…
3. …but they aren’t everything.
As a newly-appointed captain of the school dance team, I choreographed some of the best numbers I’ve ever choreographed and helped our season be as great as it possibly could have been in a rocky transition period.
|A shot from the first group contemporary piece I’ve ever choreographed
4. Self-care is important. Don’t forget it.
5. Don’t be afraid to talk to people!
6. Take Risks. Lots of them.
By far, this is the most important lesson I’ve learned throughout my year as a sophomore. If I could give this year a name, it would be the “Year of Risks”. I stepped out of my comfort zone so many times that I actually think I sort of redefined the boundaries of my comfort zone, and that is what I am most proud of out of everything I’ve accomplished this year.
I applied to an internship during September, not knowing whether I would be a good fit for the job or if I could actually handle the work, and I ended up getting the position & loving it. I was able to conduct research for a really cool project (a goal of mine from my entrance into college!), work under a great boss, find a wonderful friend in the other intern in my group, and have the opportunity to present the research at an international conference…not bad for my first risk of the year!
From there, everything fell into place like dominoes – I was hired for a summer internship, I was asked to moderate a panel at a Bioengineering conference at my school, and so much more. I became more confident in my abilities, and with this newfound determination I felt secure enough to follow through on more and more opportunities.
The idea of taking risks pushed me to start this blog, join my school newspaper, take 19 credits in my spring semester, and so much more. The concept of being brave really pushed me throughout the entire year, and I have that mindset to thank for how much I have accomplished.
This year was a whirlwind, and I am honestly happy it’s over – it really was difficult, but I can’t say that I would take back any of it. Thank you to everyone who helped me through this year, whether it was through a funny joke, a shoulder to cry on, or a comforting word or two. Little things really make a big difference, and it was the little things that truly made this year what it was.In retrospect, this year has changed so much for me, and I am excited to see what the future has in store. Junior year, here I come!