Often one of the biggest adjustments for people as they transition to college is recognizing that they are no longer the ‘big fish’ they used to be in high school. I was a pretty involved kid in high school, with excellent grades and teachers who loved me.
I figured I was plenty smart enough to be on the honors floor, seeing how well I did in high school. However, these incredibly intelligent individuals who comprise my floor constantly remind me how much I have left to learn. The honors floor is an eclectic mix of all majors: engineering, geology, linguistics, English, history and more. With such a variety of people passionate about so many different things, I manage to learn something new from my peers each day.
And sometimes (okay maybe 99% of the time), I think to myself, “How am I on this floor?” There are people here who talk circles around me in an argument. There are other students who write incredible poetry, can solve complex mathematical problems or manage to read philosophy homework without crying.
And then there’s me: the slightly awkward girl who talks too much and pronounces museum like ‘mu-zam.’ It was an adjustment to learn that I wasn’t going to always be the brightest star in my circle, but it humbled me and allowed me to open myself up to learning from my peers. I cherish the time I have to discuss new information with my peers, who constantly help grow and challenge me as an individual.
Jeremiah 29: 11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
To say I have mastered going with the flow would still be far from the truth. But God is working in me and through me, and I’m grateful that he still loves me no matter how much I cling to my ‘life plan.’ I know plans will change. More importantly, I know that life will go on, no matter how different it is from what I expected. Even though I’ll never be the first woman president, I know that God’s plan for me will be far better than anything I can possibly imagine.