Take chances and believe in the possibilities, even when life has given you every reason not to believe. -LS
This quote has described my sophomore year at Adrian College. Through a lot of ups and downs, I have started to find who I really am as a person and what really is important in my life. I have realized that the hardest part about growing up is letting go of what you were used to; and moving on with something you're not. Everyday we face a new challenge and find a new result. I have learned that I don't need someone by my side to help me or do it with me. There is nothing in this world that I can't do alone and with confidence. I've stopped caring about what other people are doing and started focusing on the things that I can control. Realizing that there is no sense in worrying about something thats not your worthwhile is pointless. The past made us who we are, but it doesn't define the future and who we can become. As my sophomore year winds down, I can only look back on the memories and learn from the lessons. The best still has yet to come.
1. Away from home, friends become your family. The old and the new, you depend on the people you live with and see everyday. They become your lunch partners, your wingmen, and the siblings you never had.
2. There is nothing like a road trip with your teammates. From the bus rides, to the rap battles, excitement happens from begging to end. Playing with your brothers and bringing home the trophy also is not a bad way to go either.
3. Mom and Dad are the rock when every things seems to be falling. There is no one in the world who I look up to more than my parents. Their love and support means everything and there is not enough thanks you's in the world to show how grateful I really am.
4. You will get your heart broken. At some point you may be lied to or get screwed over. This does not mean there is no hope for love in the future. Everything we experience now just makes us stronger for what is yet to come.
5. My dog is still my best friend in the world. There is not a better listener, companion, brother or best friend I would rather have. No matter how I am feeling or what is happening he is always by my side. Even in his old age, he makes everything better.
6. Ohioans are actually okay people. Even over the constant O-H-I-O chants or buckeye rants, people from Ohio are still some of the best people around. I never thought I would be able to call two buckeye fans my best friends but sometimes you have to look past the faults.
7. I have the best job on campus. Through my work I have been able to write for enjoyment, make new connections and experience opportunities I would not be able to elsewhere. The PR office is like a family and being together is what makes work so enjoyable.
8. Spring break is much needed. You get to a certain point of the year, when your sick of the snow and your brain needs a break from all the classes. Spring break is that escape where for 1 week we can get away to beach and just enjoy time off.
9. Never give up on your dreams. Set goals and make wishes. Work as hard as you can to reach them and never stop believing. "Make your wish. Do you have it? Good, now believe in it. With all your heart."
10. Always just be yourself. Have fun and just be you. If you cannot be yourself around others than who are you really helping? Find the people that you can enjoy life with and be weird. There is no fun in being normal. Laugh, joke and celebrate. Do stupid stuff and enjoy doing it cause were not young forever.
11. Friend from home are still apart of you. I haven't talked to many of the people I graduated high school with, and that is okay. The people that mean the most always find a way. Being able to share my home away from home is one of the best times I have had this year.
12. Late night weekends are not as fun as everyone makes them sound. Sometimes staying in rather than going out is the best choice you can make. I would rather take a movie night with some Chinese food, over a loud and crowded party any day of the week.
13. Finding someone to share your birthday with is pretty cool. I found someone with the same birthday as me, and I never thought sharing a day could be fun. Even if we both have our bad moments at some point in time, being able to share your special day with someone almost as cool as you are, makes it that much more enjoyable.
14. You don't have to know who you are at this very moment. I still don't know who I am at the moment. I do know I am a work in progress. A competitor with a thirst for adventure and a hunger for greatness.
15. As dysfunctional as my family is, they are the most important people in the world. Noone ever said we were perfect. We disagree, argue and bicker like all families do, but in the end there is no other group of people I would rather go home to.
Year two is almost complete and I could not be more grateful for the position that I am in and for the opportunities I was blessed with. I can't wait to see what the future has in store.
- Kyle Bell