Happy Thursday, friends! This weekend, I accomplished something pretty exciting– my graduation from The Ohio State University. These past four years have absolutely flown by, and I’m thankful for every minute of it. To celebrate my graduation, I wrote a letter to my freshman-year self. It touches on what I think a lot of people feel during this time of their life. I hope you all like it. Cheers to the next adventure!

An open letter on graduation day

Dear Alison,

You did it. It’s over. The long nights of studying, the days filled with classes, and the short (but stressful) semesters have come to a final end. I can’t believe how fast it has all gone. Soak in every second because before you know it, you will be graduating and moving away from your home of the last four years.

Freshmen year will be hard. You will want to leave, you’ll want to transfer to a school closer to home, you’ll want to run away and never come back. But, you’ll also meet new people and go to classes that actually interest you. You get your first taste of freedom and young-adult life. You’ll go to bars and parties, meet tons of people and have some of the best days of your life.

But you will also have a lot of long nights, where you feel very alone and not well-equipped for college-level classes. You will second guess your major (and end up changing it!) and you will wonder whether or not you should join a sorority.

You’ll experience three different internships and end up not feeling passionate about any of them. But, you’ll eventually figure out the right career path for you, one that has been in the back of your mind for your entire life.

You will meet lots of great people, some of whom will be your lifelong friends. You’ll also go through some changes with friends, and those changes will hurt. They’ll feel like you’ve failed. But please remember that you haven’t failed– people change and grow. Remember that change is good and okay.

Alison, as you gear up for move-in day, remember that these four years will be the best you’ve ever experienced. But, you should also remember that you have a lot of life left to live and with this change you’ll experience new adventures you’ve never even dreamed about.

Cheers to the next four years. Enjoy every minute.

With love,

Senior-year Alison

That’s all for this week!

I hope you enjoyed this open letter. Check out some pictures from graduation weekend below. And click here for my last blog post on self-care!

xx, ali

in the tunnel waiting to go to our seats
Walking to the Shoe!
I did it!
Outside of Thompson library.
four girls in graduation gowns in front of a tree.
With some of my roommates after the ceremony.
In front of my college, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Couldn’t have done it without you, Mom & Dad!
me pictured with my parents outside of a restaurant