GRACE’S VIEW: Three weeks left

Grace’s View | Grace Fowler

I cannot believe that there are only three weeks left of my freshman year in college. Looking back, I remember exactly how I felt on move-in day. I was scared, hot and excited for what could be. I remember thinking I would never be able to unpack all of my stuff and still be able to see the floor of my room. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find friends soon enough and that I would spend most of my time alone.

I was saved as soon as girls began to arrive in my dorm. That very first day, several of us decided we should go get lunch and I realized that everyone else was just as nervous about not having friends as I was. We all were excited to get to know each other and explore campus. Everyone asked each other the same questions. We talked about where we were from, what we planned on studying and what orientation weekend would be like. We had several tasks that had to be completed. These included things like paying for your parking pass and getting your student ID picture taken. No one ever wanted to go anywhere alone so we usually ended up traveling in a pack.

Looking back on this weekend and the frenzy of everything, I cannot believe how far I have come. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime, I learned how to not die in college, I joined a sorority and I learned how to be more independent. It’s kind of scary to think that my freshman year is coming to a close. It’s what lies ahead that I am truly worried about. I want to make sure I am headed in the right direction and working towards the right goals.

I have to constantly remind myself that there are only three real weeks of school left and that I need to really put my nose to the grindstone and buckle down on school to pull through with good grades. It is so hard because the weather is starting to get nice and I want to be outside and hanging out with my friends all the time. On a daily basis, I really have to balance social time and school time. I am also struggling to put my summer plans together and it is coming up faster than I can believe.

I have — nearly — survived my freshman year of college. Now I understand what people say when they tell me that four years fly by. During exam weeks and stressful times, it seems like it will drag on forever and there is no escape. However, I have begun to realize that people are right when they tell me that I need to enjoy every moment of this time because it will be the best time of my life.

Grace Fowler is a Greenville High School graduate and a Hope College freshman. She can be reached at

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