Throughout college, I was faced with so many difficult situations that I had to deal with and make so many important decisions. I truly found who I was over these years. I can honestly say that I am NOT the person I was in high school. College has its way of changing people and for me it was for the better. I still stayed true to myself and didn't push myself to do anything I knew I would regret, but what made the difference was losing friends because of that. Some people I met my freshman year can't even begin to compare to the friends that I’ve kept since then.
College really makes you more aware of whom you really are as a person! I know right out of high school, I thought I knew who I was, but college pushed me to my limits on so many different levels that I exposed a side of myself that I never knew existed. Thinking back on the past few years is like picturing so many different things it’s unbelievable. Sometimes in music videos, there are a bunch of different flashes of different scenarios within a few seconds, and honestly, that is what I see when I think of my college career. There was drama, there were tears, there was laughter, there was happiness, there were all these different emotions that it’s hard to say just one thing about it all. I simply cannot sum up my college career! There are too many stories to share, to laugh about, to reflect on, to note to self to never make happen again, and to even cry about. Now that my years here are soon to be over, I’m starting to realize that even after all the years I’ve told people that I didn't like this school, the truth is... I'm leaving piece of me behind and taking piece of UAlbany with me. As hard as that is for me to grasp, it is the simple truth.
Some of the outcomes of attending UAlbany include making some of the greatest friends I will ever know, learning how people perceive me as a person and also learning about who I am and who I am meant to be. The lessons that I’ve learned could never be taught in a classroom and I believe that is one of the biggest outcomes I’ve received from attending Albany. I know the handful of friends that are near and dear to my heart will always be in touch because the friendship that we’ve made is indescribably irreplaceable. I know now that not everyone sees me the way I want him or her to see me and I can definitely change that by creating a more cheerful persona for myself. Not only will that help me in making more friends, but it will also help me in the job world. I’ve learned that people like people who like people, so a smile can really go a long way. These past years has also taught me about myself. I learned where my limits are, temper-wise, and I know never to take anything so seriously again. I learned to compromise and be open-minded. I learned to let go of my anger and just let things go. These are the most valuable outcomes that I would not trade for anything else.
Picking just one memorable moment at UA to claim as the MOST memorable would be impossible. The moments that I enjoyed the most, however, were the simple moments. Those random moments when I was just hanging out with my friends and we just laughed and laughed until our stomachs hurt were honestly the best moments. Nothing can replace the simple joy of laughter. Laughter is the simplest reminder of how happy I can be and how happy I can make others with my presence. Moments like that will stick with me forever.