Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tell Me... An experience that made you learn about yourself.

I've met so many great ladies through this community. I wanted to start this "link up" because I think it's a great way to get to know people - and I would love to know more about the wonderful people we connect with.
This week's topic... 
"Tell Me... What's an experience you've had in your life that has made you learn something important about yourself?"
Growing up, I was always the kid that couldn't stay the night at people's houses easily.  I always missed my mom, missed home, and missed the comforts of my own bed.  Until 6th grade, I usually called my mom to come and pick me up... slowly I started staying over at friend's houses.
I remember driving my sister Kelly to college and moving her into the dorms at UCSB for college and thinking to myself... I could never do this.

As I made it through high school and started applying to schools, I was still  nervous about the transition of moving away from home.  I made sure I had a safety net of schools very close to home just in case.  When I found out I was accepted to SFSU, I was excited because it was the school I wanted to go to.  Even though it's only about 2 hours away from home, I still had anxiety about it.

I remember the day I packed up my bedroom into the back of my dad's truck and trailer and made the big move.  I remember watching my mom and dad drive away for the first time after moving me into the dorms... and I remember the first day of being alone at a campus where I knew nobody.

My first year, I quickly met some pretty incredible girls, joined a sorority, and found my little niche with my classes.  It wasn't always easy... but it was the first time in my life that I made such a dramatic step out of my comfort zone!  Of course I still missed my parents and family... but everyday I got more and more comfortable with the idea of living "on my own".  I am so thankful for the experience of college... not just academically, but because I learned that I can be independent. I also learned that stepping out of my comfort zone is where I grow the most.

Here's a few pictures from my first year of college ;)
The first girls I met in college - such great people.  Hanging out on my bed in my dorm room!  I was the zebra queen.
I think this was the first "college" party I ever went to.  Can you find me in there? ;)
My first Birthday away from family with some beautiful girls, Steph, Juls, Chels & cousin Greyson.
This was actually from the very beginning of my second year - some fabulous girls that I am so lucky to know!
What about you??
Link up below.

24 comments:

Jenna said...

You remind me so much of one of my best friends :) She was so scared to move to Northern Cali and study at Chico, but once she got there she joined a sorority and made so many amazing friends!

For me travelling always teaches me a lot about myself since it combines fun and adventure with stress and having to compromise with whoever you're traveling with.

xxx
Jenna

KRISTIN said...

You sounds just like me. I was the SAME way when I was little...and in fact my anxiety was so bad I moved home my freshman year of college and commuted {my school was only 20 minutes away}. Eventually I got over it and I give a ton of credit to my sorority!

Thanks for doing the link-up! I love it! :)

Carolyn said...

HOLD UP... you're an AGD?!?!?!? I'm an AGD!! RANDOM!!!

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

What a sweet post! That was a fun year!

K_stets said...

Good for you! I would have to say I was pretty much the opposite, I wanted to get out of my parents place. But I've always been pretty independent. But....OMG. You were an AGD!?! Me too!!! :)

Shelley said...

I'm surprised that you felt any discomfort at all being away from home because you are such a friendly, likeable girl! But it looks like you made friends quickly in college! I guess a sorority is nice like that ;)

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Those pictures are so cute. I think college is so important for that reason alone. For us to really get the feel of being on our own and growing up in a way that we wouldn't be able to have if we lived with our parents. I'm glad you were able to step out of your comfort zone and meet some amazing girls along the way!! I'm still friends with some of my college friends.

Loving your zebra bedding by the way! so cute! :)
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Kristen said...

I was the same way! I was surprised how easily I went away to college though. Now I have the same problem spending the night somewhere without my hubby :-/

Lauren said...

This is a great link up idea. I'll be watching out for the next one!

Caroline said...

I missed this again. Boo. My mom is an Alpha Gam.

Lauren said...

the first years of college are some of my greatest memories! I met most of the girls who are still my best friends & it was definitely a huge step for me because even though I only went to school 30 min. from home, I lived on campus & moved in with 4 girls I'd never met!

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

And I remember that very first day I met you.. Well let's be honest I found you on MySpace and said I want her in our sorority.. then the rest was history.. it's the truth!

And what a great addition you were! :) You'll always be the zebra queen I am still jealous of the apartment you had and your dad made your furniture or was it your jewelry rack? I always remember that!

rinniez said...

Oh this is a great topic!!!
Know just need to work out what my answer is ;)
xx

Kristin said...

I was like is that Jenn in the first picture?? yep it is! how fun!

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Kristin :) said...

Hi! I've been following your blog for a while now and I've really enjoyed reading it. :) I'm typically not the type to comment, but I just had to comment on this post... As I was scrolling through all of your pictures, I stopped as soon as I saw the one of you with your sorority... And it just made me smile, seeing as I was an Alpha Gam in college too! :) So, I just thought I'd give a little shout out to a fellow AGD. :) If your house was anything like mine, it was filled with a great bunch of girls. :)

Tiffany said...

Love this new idea for link ups---and what a great topcic!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Catherine said...

Really love this link up, so I've entered!! Entered twice by mistake though (didn't put the full link the first time - sorry!!)

x

Allison said...

I remember crying the first day I had to stay at the dorm alone. :( It is really scary to move out for the first time!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I totally agree - living with 100 girls really does teach you a lot about yourself!

Mama and her boys said...

I see Christy! :) What a cool recap of your SF experience. I wish you still lived here so we could hang out. When can you come visit?!

Kelly said...

I'm an Alpha Gam too! Gamma Zeta at the University of Memphis. '01 Pledge Class!

Jodi Dwyer said...

I would love to participate in this hop in the future but it would be helpful to know the questions in advance since I don't always have time to blog on the same day as the hop! If you posted maybe the next 2 or 3 questions that would be great and maybe more people would participate.

Baseball Hats said...

One of the experiences I've had is when I got my first job. It taught me a lot about how to manage my time and to take care about my self since schedule shifts and traveling from home to work take time.