CLASS OF 2014: Jenna

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People always say that college flies by, but you never really believe them until it happens to you. It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my car, and moving into my dorm at Louisiana State University. I can’t believe that I’m graduating now! When I was leaving my last final, there were so many questions running through my head. Is it really over? Am I ready for the real world? What if I fail? All I wanted to do was curl up in bed, close my eyes and wake up a freshman again. All of a sudden, I had this strange feeling that I’d had these thoughts before. It was then I realized I had these same fears four years ago before my high school graduation. I had no idea what college would be like, and I didn’t know if I’d be able to handle it, but somehow I did. It wasn’t always easy, but I managed to make it through and enjoy it every step of the way. I started to relax and feel confident that I can do the same thing again as I move onto the next phase of my life.

I’ll be graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and going for my Master’s degree. Becoming an Education major wasn’t always my plan, but once I landed on it, I knew that it was the right choice. I realized how much of a positive impact I could have on children’s lives, and how much of an impact they can have on mine too. There’s no greater joy in life than helping someone else, so getting to do this every day will be amazing.

I have other dreams of helping people as well, and this is where fashion comes into the picture. As I progressed through college, I became passionate about fashion. I fell in love with playing with trends and observing the style of my peers. That is what sparked my interest in CollegeFashionista, and I’m so glad I’ve had the amazing opportunity to write for this website. This internship has only fueled my passion for fashion, and inspired the second goal in my life. I plan to start my own clothing outreach program for disadvantaged girls and young women. It’s a big dream and will take a lot of hard work, but often some of the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing.

It’s time to let go of my undergraduate years, and let the next wave of students enjoy all the wonderful things college has to offer. I’ve had my time, and now I’m ready to embark on a new chapter in life. Though moving on is scary, I know it’s the only way to keep achieving your goals. As Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I’m ready.

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