High Mountains and Calm Seas

College. What a whirlwind of emotions, activities, and endless classes. It seems like every year I make these posts recounting some thoughts and looking back at what I’ve learned, specifically while attending my university. I am now in the summer of my senior year of college and I started this blog when I was in my very first year! That’s so crazy to look back and think about the person I was in the perspective of who I am now. I remember laying in my bed in the first semester of freshman year and telling myself, “Don’t worry, college will be over before you know it.” Not that I was having a horrible time freshman year, but I just knew that somehow these four years would be over in the blink of an eye! Boy, was I right! Even though I still have one year left, I know it will be the quickest year yet.

This post is mostly for myself. Even though I love each and every one of you who reads it, I really want this so I can look back and be able to know exactly how I was feeling. So let’s start with my freshman year. For those of you who don’t know, I go to a small university in San Diego. Although this is not at all far from my home, it was still a pretty big transition, as it is for anyone. I wasn’t so sure about San Diego, since I always imagined myself going more towards the L.A. area (still dreaming of that btw!) However, as the weeks and months went on after I moved, I found myself falling in love with San Diego. I’m not sure why, but I never expected that to happen! I am such a planner and an organizer; I know what I want and like, even when that comes to locations. I knew I loved where I came from and nothing could be better than that. Through these years though, San Diego has undoubtedly become my second home and I am so comfortable whether I am surrounded by tall buildings in downtown or lounging around in Ocean Beach. Not to say that freshman year was all sunshine and beach days; there were definitely some obstacles I had to overcome and I learned a lot about people and how to deal with them. Not to mention, my boyfriend at the time and I decided to try out long distance. But those tiny roadblocks were nothing compared to sophomore year…

Now I won’t go into great detail about my sophomore year at this point in my life, but I can say without hesitation, it was the year with the highest mountains and the toughest obstacles. Sophomore year was something that had me questioning myself and who I was, in not so great ways. The things I experienced were things I had never dealt with before and completely caught me by surprise. They were, with a lack for better words, very hurtful. And although in those moments I was feeling alone and unsure, they have now led me to know exactly who I am and what I stand for. Those unfortunate moments in my life were vital to my growth, to see myself and those around me with a completely clear lens. I count myself lucky though, that I had very specific people who supported me wholeheartedly and who I cannot thank enough. You know who you are. Alright, enough with the vague and depressing. Sophomore year was also a great year of growth for me artistically. My very first Graphic Design classes were teaching me knew techniques and programs every day and it gave me a great foundation for the skills I have as a designer today. Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop were throwing me for loops that were difficult, yet made me eager to master them and learn more. I am still learning with these applications, but my second year was a must to get me where I am now. My junior year was a breath of fresh air compared to my second year…

As I just finished up my junior year, I look back and think how blessed I was. The sea had seemed to calm in my life and things were looking great again. My roommate (if she’s reading this, Hey girl, you’re da bomb!) and I had a lovely little room with a breathtaking ocean view. The entire year I was surrounded by people who loved and encouraged me. I feel so lucky to have made bonds with such special individuals. I thank God I had these people, because they’re part of the reason I got through another major obstacle: heartbreak. I hope one day I can go more in depth about this topic to give advice to anyone going through the same thing. This year I also feel I really grew in my designing skills. Although I’m still trying to find my style, I absolutely loved my design classes and my professors. It was definitely a creative year for me and quite a different experience from the year before when I barely knew what Graphic Design was!

Anyways, this is getting to be a little too long of a post for my taste. To sum it up, I have a crazy summer planned with a lot of traveling and much more! If I could go back and give my freshman-self some advice, it would be to hang on tight because the road will get bumpy. Embrace the difficult and do what you love. I’m sure I’ll look back on this years from now and hopefully have the same advice. And I’m praying there is something even better to come! Thanks for reading, and I’m sorry if this post is a little long winded, but I hope you enjoyed. See ya in my next post! xx

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5 thoughts on “High Mountains and Calm Seas

      1. Thank you! ☺️ I don’t regret it although I would have loved an outdoor ceremony. Either way it was a great feeling. I can’t wait to see your future post when your graduation day arrives! 😀

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