As the end of my first semester of freshman year draws to an end, it is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on everything I have learned this semester. It has definitely been a huge transition to go from living under my parents roof, to having complete freedom in college. It has been a semester full of change, new things, and growth. There were times that I didn’t think I would make it through, but I did it. I am so lucky to still have the support of my amazing family and friends back home. They are my biggest cheerleaders, and they are the ones that make me want to do my very best so that I can make them proud. It has been hard to be away from my family and friends back in Broken Arrow, but Norman is starting to feel like home and I couldn’t be happier.
It is difficult to be away from my family and friends in Broken Arrow, but luckily they are here for me every step of this journey. I couldn’t be more thankful for the daily texts, phone calls, face times, care packages, and pictures they send me to make sure I know that they are always rooting for me. I wouldn’t be able to survive without their constant support and love. I am lucky to have a best friend who still stays by my side even though I can’t always physically be there for her, and a little sister who helps me face time my dogs when I’m feeling sad.
Luckily in Norman I have found a home away from home where I can be myself around people that care about me and want the best for me. I am so lucky that this semester I found my home at Alpha Phi. It is an incredible feeling knowing that I have so many sisters that will always have my back. I have found girls in there that I know will still be my sisters not just for four years, but for the rest of my life. Some of these girls have seen me at my best and at my worst and they still love me the same. I have been so blessed by the bonds of my new sisterhood.
I have also found a home in the academic side at the University of Oklahoma. It has definitely been hard, but I enjoy having classes that challenge me and help me grow academically. It may only be my first semester as a journalism major, but I already am so in love with it! I am not 100 percent certain that I will stay as a journalism major, but I am certain that even if I change my major it will still be something under the school of Gaylord. Being a media major is the right choice for me because nothing else fascinates me as much as the media world does. Media majors are the storytellers of the world. It is their job to be tell the people of the world what is going on in the world no matter what side of the media realm you are on.
This semester I have been fortunate enough to write this blog for JMC 1013 at the University of Oklahoma and be a writer for the OU branch of The Odyssey. One of my articles for The Odyssey this semester got 16,592 (and counting) shares! It is so exciting to see my work get shared when I thought my mom was the only person who actually read my articles. It has been a great experience to put my work out there for the world to see it. I am excited to try more new things in this field and really step out of my comfort zone. I love having the chance to have various opportunities that can help with with my future media degree.
Right now I am back and forth between being a journalism major and being a public relations major. With either one I would still be in Gaylord, and I feel like I could be very happy in either path. I am sure as I continue on in school it will become more clear to me which path is the best choice for me. I am so eager to learn more about the various media majors and continue to grow in my skills and knowledge in the different career paths.
It has been a challenging, but incredible semester here at the University of Oklahoma. It is a great feeling to be confident in the fact that I know that this is where I belong. I am so excited for the next seven semesters of college and to see where God takes me. It might be a long hard road, but I know great things are at the end of it.
Please enjoy this video of compiled pictures of my first semester at the University of Oklahoma: