If you haven’t read this post, this post right here won’t really make sense. This is part two of a post all about junior year- the feats and the struggles. In the last post, I talked about how junior year affected me spiritually and academically, whereas here I will talk about the physical and mental aspects! Let’s jump right in!
This year wasn’t as hard physically as it was the other categories, but I had to include this because I did Whole30. I decided to do Whole30 at the worst time in regards to school work, but I was, guess what? Yes, I found reward in the Whole30 plan. While I might not have seen a million and one physical benefits or transformations, I was encouraged in the fact that I did it. Doing Whole30 proved to myself that I am stronger that I think I am and I can do anything if I put my mind to do. It was awesome to see this result over any other.
This one kind of plays hand in hand with “spiritually,” but I thought I needed to include it. It was hard to jump right into junior year and even jump into second semester. It is hard to wrap your mind around the struggle of balancing friends, school, church, and everything else you need to do. It was hard to be organized, it was hard to stay sane, it was even hard to find time to shower at some points.
Everything is doable. It really is. You can get it all done, and you will. It is all a mental game when the Devil starts to tell you that you can’t do it, that you’re not enough, that you don’t have the strength to do it. The thing is, you CAN do it, you ARE enough, you DO have the strength to do it. This year was very humbling in the respect that I can’t do everything by myself. I relied a lot on the Lord and I relied on my friends often times. Sometimes you won’t make an A on a test and that is totally okay. Sometimes you turn in an assignment late and that is okay too. Remember that everything will work out in the end.
Sophomores, have I scared you yet? I won’t lie and tell you that junior year is a breeze, because it’s not. I also won’t tell you that you can’t do it, because you can. Look at this as a learning experience and a chance to grow. Although I talk about the hardships, I also had countless great experiences this semester…
I took a spontaneous trip to the beach with some unexpected friends. I discovered a new best friend that supports me in all of my blogging needs. I learned a lot about myself. I got assigned T-Shirt chair for my sorority. I got an award for my grades. I spent Valentine’s Day with my best friends eating cupcakes. I tried out Barre class for a month. I made cookies almost weekly. I took my friends to my hometown for Spring Break. I got involved in an amazing Bible Study. I went on my first date. I watched lots of movies (The Longest Ride anyone?). I went to a potato chip factory. I had a really fun time at my sorority’s Crawfish Boil. I stargazed a lot. I was able to dress up like Sally from The Cat in the Hat. I became totally obsessed with blogging. I fell in love with photography. I learned how to say “no.” I read some good books. I went to three concerts. I went to a trampoline park with my best friends. I skipped semi-formal to watch movies (a total dream). I got picked to be a Rho Gam next year for recruitment. I wrote a 350+ page Unit for school (not fun, but for sure memorable).
Emily, thanks for dealing with my early nights and my breakdowns. It still amazes me that you can read me like a book. Emma, thank you for pushing me to Christ in every word and action. Julia, thank you for letting me in and thank you for saying “me too” when I needed to hear it the most. Liz, thank you for finding the fun in everyday and thank you for dreaming with me. Caitlin, thank you for working on that dang unit with me and thank you for always being down for a deep talk and a walk. Christine, thank you for being the sweetest person I’ve ever met and thank you for being up for sweets at any time of the day. Anna Claire, thank you for being my BSF buddy and thank you for sharing a love for chocolate bread pudding. Maggie, thanks for being you (the best little too). All other people in my life, y’all rock too. You mean so much to me.
For last semester’s recap, check it out here.
Junior year, it was memorable, kind of fun, but totally worth it. Senior year, I am beyond ready for you- after I have three months to recover… If you are about to go into junior year, I wish you the best of luck. Stay constant in prayer, find your community, say some more prayers, become friendly with your professors (get to know them and love them!), and just embrace every moment. It will be hard and it will be good.