I can’t explain how happy I am to be home. That’s the thing about being away from home. It makes you appreciate the things you took for granted when you’re at home. Leaving for college made me eager for a fresh start. To start anew, have new experiences, new friends, and a new life. Being away from home taught me what it’s like to be lonely, to be independent and to be free. It’s made me learn a lot of things about myself that I didn’t know before. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Freshman year in general. It’s the year where you “find yourself” try new things you wouldn’t normally do and make new friends. But at the same time, it all feels artificial. Everyone pretends to care and pretends to like each other. I’ve learned that gaining true friends take time. It fascinates me when I see people find their best friends within months and they’re inseparable. I think, Why can’t that be me? But then I realize it’s because I seek something more than artificial friendships, I don’t want to settle. Quality versus Quantity right? Right. Overall, college so far has been a humbling experience. You’re not as smart as you think you are. You’re not as (for the lack of a better word) popular as you think you are. I’ve learned that people have their own agenda and sometimes just string you along for the company but nothing more. Some days you find yourself extremely discouraged and lonely trying to balance school and social life and other days you feel like you’re on top of the world, getting the most out of everything. It’s funny how the world works. But the most important thing I’ve realized is that just because I want to start fresh, it doesn’t mean I have to leave all the past friendships and experiences I’ve had behind. I feel extremely grateful and blessed to have people at home that truly care about me and would just do anything for me and vice versa. Being home is such a refreshing experience and I feel a change in my attitude (for the better I may add) towards people and the relationships I have with them. There’s truly no place like home.