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SULLIVAN: Embrace your inner freshman

010_SULLIVAN_JAMESThe good (or bad) news about freshman year is that it is only the beginning of your journey through Rockhurst. More homework, more opportunities, and more responsibilities are soon to follow. However, upon taking a retroactive look at my freshman year experience, I realize I had some great times. Nothing compares to the first time you get to walk down the hill during the Braveheart game, and even though a lot of upperclassmen will not admit it, mixers could be a lot of fun.

We’ve all had more than our fair share of awkward moments and I found myself doing things I wouldn’t dream of doing in a million years. There’s a reason that freshman year can be so awkward or revealing though. There may never be a time when you are more vulnerable and “raw” in your high school career. I put myself on the line, talking with people I wouldn’t normally talk to and tried nearly everything I could. I also transferred schools in middle school and knew plenty of people at school, but I still didn’t know who to sit with at lunch. ‘Faking it til you make it’ is advice that holds true for maybe your entire highschool career, and there’s no better place to go through uncertain times than Rockhurst.

Taking chances and being open to new things can also be applied to other areas of school. Take classes that are interesting or challenging. At the very least, you’ll discover what kind of student you are. Some students are prone to procrastinate, and some are prone to stress over the weekends if there is a lot of homework. Discover your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to manage your time.

Freshman year is different for everyone, but everyone goes through it. As Mr. McElduff says, “Learn to embrace your inner weirdness.” These uncertain and awkward times are just part of being a freshman. It can be a transformative experience, but only if you open yourself up to the good and bad. After all, it is only the beginning of high school. The boy you are now and the man you will become is a gradual but fulfilling process, and in sharing my experience, I hope to put common fears to rest.

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