As many of you know, May, is a crazy month of many goodbyes. For me it is saying goodbye to the many friendships that have formed over this past year, saying goodbye to my favorite big green house on maple street, and saying goodbye to the most outstanding year of my life. Reflecting on my sophomore year of college I would not change it for the world, and I am happy to share this past year with you!
Let me flashback to my freshman year of college, the year of so much change. For many, freshman year is your time to “thrive”. As for me I found myself battling the case of who I wanted to be in college. To say the least, I wanted to still be “Raelyn” but I was afraid to be who the Lord wanted me to be.
Okay now that you have background lets go back to the very start of my sophomore year. Around the first week of August, I moved into the Tri Delta House, room 306, with one of the sweetest humans ever. My roommate, Caroline, taught me lots of things; to breathe when times get hard, and when to tell her to drink apple juice because her sugar is low! Across the hall from us was what I like to call, “the five girl room”, and I never would have thought of the amount of times I would walk in there daily. From movie screenings to random chit-chats, I know I have found my life long best friends.
The fall semester was full of fun!! We had our first function (the best one), Delta Airlines. I remember this function being so fun while I was wearing my 80’s workout attire. One of my favorite memories from the fall, was traveling to TCU to watch the hogs play the frogs in football. That nail-bitter, overtime, winning game was the most crazy thing that I have ever witnessed!! Around this time I also got the BEST little ever!!!! This semester also included many Halloween festivities, 18 Holes for Hope, dancing in the Step Show (and taking home 3rd place), frats at bat, and many other fun filled functions! To say the least the fall was such a happy time.
Now skipping to December, I get the most life changing position ever. I was selected to be Tri Delta’s Philanthropy Chair for my chapter, and at this time had no idea of what the impact it would have on my life. Remember when I told you that freshman year I was struggling with being “Raelyn”, well let me tell ya, this position allowed me to find my true self.
Spring semester rolls around so fast, and flys by so fast. This semester was full of determination, a filled up calendar, and lots of smiles. The spring time was defiantly a challenge for me battling school, philanthropy, and fun social events. I had some REALLY fun events in February including, the Cupid Stupid function with my KKG friends, mom’s day weekend, and Shop for St.Jude (my first big event!). March quickly approaches and I that was the month of a fabulous trip to LA! (cough cough…read about that trip in my blog!). As well this was the month I got accepted into the College of Education at the University of Arkansas + finally got the feeling of becoming a teacher!! Then comes April, where I celebrated my birthday with my close friends, somehow put on a pancake breakfast, and slowly started to catch my breath for the end of the semester.
Now it’s may. The month I realized the amount of impact that this past year has had on my life. Becoming Philanthropy chair changed my heart and love for others. We had the chance to visit St.Jude about a week ago, and my life will never be the same. All of the hard work I have put into my position was all worth it because of what I saw in that hospital. Being able to live with all of my closest friends/sisters, and them accepting me for who I really am, allowed me to grow and be the Raelyn, Rae-Rae, Rae I have wanted to be. Looking back on this past year I have seen a lot of growth. Growth in myself, my relationship with Christ, and the way I want to make a difference in this world.
Sophomore year has been full of so many memories, and was by far the best year of my life. I would never ever change it + am so blessed with the many memories it has brought me. Let’s just say junior year has a lot to live up to!!!