Julianna DeGray ’24My CSC Story

I guess the saying is true. Time really does fly by.

I can’t believe I’m going into my junior year of college. The last two years have been memorable, to say the least. The friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met are some of the highlights of my time here on campus. Being a member of the varsity swim team has also been wonderful.

I have learned so much about myself since coming here. I have learned that it is okay to want alone time and that you are allowed to treat yourself after a rough time. I’ve learned that not all friendships last forever, yet family is always there for you. I learned that I’m not a terrible swimmer and that I can hold my own in the water. I know that some decisions are tough, but the outcomes are sometimes better than you expected. I have also learned that you really should not judge a book by its cover.

There have also been some downs since starting college, but, hey, that’s life. COVID did not make my first two years the easiest, but I have been able to persevere. Also, I am a first generation student, which sounds cool but is scary because my parents weren’t able to tell me what I should expect. I had to figure it out on my own. It was also hard my first year because I didn’t have a car, so it was hard to be able to get away from campus. I had friends that did, but they didn’t always have the time to go when I needed a ride. And I was homesick — a lot. COVID did not help the situation, since my parents weren’t able to come as much as I would have liked.

My goals for these last two years are pretty simple — have fun and hopefully finish a manuscript for one of my books. I want to be a published author when I am older, but to do that, I need to finish a book. I also hope to keep up with the challenges of college as well as the two capstones I may have to do if I become a dual major. I have to remind myself that I am human. I can make mistakes and it will not be the end of the world. I will just learn from them rather than wallow in them. Mistakes usually make things better if you learn from them.

These next two years are probably going to go by just as fast, if not faster. But I know that as long as I keep my head up, everything will be just fine.