Forever a WSU Warrior

Hello geek friends and blog followers! As you can probably tell.. my posts have been somewhat irregular. I am thrilled to announce that I officially graduated from college at Winona State University! My B.S. is in Exercise Science with a minor in nutrition and I am currently in the process of relocating with the boyfriend to Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I wanted to reflect on my years at school and post plenty of pictures.

Freshman Year: Exciting, Overwhelming, and Lots of Socializing (2012 – 2013)

[Photo of me and my mom on a bench on Winona State University's campus]
[Selfie of me in my college dorm room]
[Another selfie of me and a friend. It's very sunny out and I'm squinting]

I look so young in all three of these pictures. The first picture was right before my family left me at school. I remember seeing them leaving and crying for a good hour. I was scared and I didn’t know what to expect. Eventually, I grouped with my floor mates and I figured everything out.

The one thing I will miss about freshman year is how exciting everything is. I’m in a fresh town to explore, new people, to meet and I took a lot of pictures. The last picture was with one of my very first friends I met in college. College forces you to meet so many new people at once and it’s overwhelming in that way.

Sophomore Year; Lonely, Battling Some Insecurities (2013 – 2014) 

[Image shows four women posing near a bench. It's a hot summer day]
[Image is a cat perched on the hood of a vehicle in the background of a red building]
[Image shows a bench near by a lake. In the background are bluffs with snow on them]

The first photo is confusing, but during my sophomore year, I felt alone. There were friends I made in my freshman year that I wasn’t friends with in my sophomore year. Some say that you find your “group” in college, but it wasn’t until my junior year of college that I felt happy with my friend group. That’s okay. College is a different experience for everyone and I happened to have my own journey in meeting new friends.

I did join Astronomy Club my sophomore year of college which I really enjoyed along with volunteering at the local humane society. These experiences helped get me through.

Junior Year; Independent, Delighted, and Full of Memories I Will Never Forget (2014 – 2015) 

[Image shows three women smiling and posing at a party]
[Image of two women posing at a party]

This was my absolute favorite year in college. I found my friend group, started a new relationship (the boyfriend & I have been together for 3 years since October!!!) and started my new major. My favorite memories this year include: meeting my boyfriend, “welcome week 2014”, visits to the St. Paul science museum, the homecoming parade, hiking in White Water National Park with a friend, Free Comic Book Day, and Living in Winona for the summer and so much more. My junior year of college would be a year that if I could relive all over again, I would.

Senior Year; BROKE (2015 -2016) 

It’s common for most college students to have that one year in school where they struggle to pay for food. That was my senior year. I took trips in the summer of 2015 that left me without much money. I don’t have anything else to say about this year so let’s move on.

Super Senior Year Impatient! (2016 – 2017)

[picture of three women. I'm in the center holding my Winona State University diploma]

I was impatient because I was taking a 5th year to complete my degree and overall, I was ready to move on to the next chapter of my life. I am so proud of earning my degree! It didn’t feel like I was graduating until I walked into the gymnasium filled with loved ones. I waved to my mom as I found my seat and that’s when I had the epiphany of being done with college. I started to tear up because I am sure in a couple months I will look back on these years and miss each year. Eventually, I want to write a post about the life lessons I learned from college. In five years, I feel like I have grown in so many ways.

I am so ready for whatever comes next.


8 thoughts on “Forever a WSU Warrior

  1. Love how you reflect on every year- good idea for a blog post. You’ve grown so much and I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait for you to live in mpls/st. paul! We can go on tons of adventures! 🙂


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