4 Years

Since I have plenty of time this week and nothing to do, I thought I would take a little trip down memory lane and reflect on the past 4 years. There have definitely been some bumps in the road and there were many times when I just had to take it day by day and even hour by hour because looking at the big picture was just too overwhelming. There were so many times when I was counting down anxiously for graduation and now it’s basically here. 1 week from today and my undergraduate years will be officially behind me. It’s hard to believe.

If I could go back in time would I do things differently? If you asked me that last year, or even last semester I wouldn’t have even needed time to think about it-my answer would be a positive YES. But now, I’m not so sure. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and soul-searching recently and while it took me a long time and lots of frustration and tears to get to the place I am now, maybe it was worth it. I’m not going to try to pretend that I love it here now, because that is not true. However, through my trials and tribulations I feel like I have finally started to make progress in discovering who I really am. For so long I tried to be what I thought was expected of me, I tried to please everyone else, and I never really thought about who I am or what I wanted. I’m still not there yet, but I’ve come such a long way. I definitely didn’t get there on my own though, I could never have made it through the past 4 years without the constant love and support of my family and closest friends. I’ve learned that, especially for me, it’s not the number of friends I have, but the quality. I feel great about the friendships that I have developed and I know that they wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for everything I went through in the process.

4 years ago I graduated High School as Valedictorian of my class:


I then went on to have what I thought was the summer of my life before beginning college.

Freshman Year

I explored Boston


Rang in the New Year at home with my high school friends


Watched the Steelers win their 5th Superbowl


I also had a hard time finding the right group of friends, struggled with maintaining a long distance relationship with my high school boyfriend, and made 2 of my best friends in college, Aliza, and my freshman year roommate Lisa.

Sophomore Year

I went to Steelers games


Went to Israel on Birthright


Joined AOII

But I also had my hardest semester where my best friend Aliza transferred and I had my heart broken, all in a matter of weeks. I was miserable but made it through with the help of my family, Lisa, and my new sorority sisters.

That summer I went to Israel and actually had the best summer of my life.

Junior Year

I spent a semester studying abroad in Spain and traveling throughout Europe 


I came back to campus in the spring and really focused on getting my life back on track with healthy eating and exercise. I lived with horrible roommates but became a lot closer with the girls in my sorority.

I came home for the summer and celebrated my 21st birthday


Developed my cooking skills (and my 6-pack)


Deepened my yoga practice and became a runner

And began blogging!

Senior Year

This year has been full of ups and downs and you’ve followed me through it all and been so supportive and encouraging. I don’t know if I could have made it without you all.

I was a Flapper for Halloween


Voted in my first presidential election for the nation’s first African American president!


Had fun on visits with my mom and dad


Watched the Steelers win their 6th Superbowl


Made amazing friends


I’ve definitely changed a lot since Freshman year but I’m pretty happy with the person that I’ve become. I’m ready for graduation and I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life.


10 Responses to “4 Years”

  1. 1 Bec Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    love the trip down memory lane, you have had some amazing experiences girl!

  2. 2 ksgoodeats Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Sounds like it’s been a great 4 years all in all! LOVE the apron!!

  3. 3 jenngirl Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Great post Sarah! I loved seeing this recap of your four years, and I hope that you are happy and proud to be where you are right now. You should be, your four years sure look amazing!! 🙂

  4. 4 lilveggiepatch Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted a naughty apron! Great re-cap. I remember loving your flapper costume when I first saw it! You are too cute.

  5. 5 glidingcalm Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 10:31 pm


    LOVE IT!

    and yayyyyy obama!!!

  6. 6 Jenn (eating bender) Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I loved this post! You are such a good writer, girly. Reading your experiences makes me all the more certain that you and I are soul sisters 🙂 We are on the same wavelength, and I am totally feeding off of your recent self-reflection and you’ve given me a lot to think about. You are so strong! You are going to have an amazing next chapter of your life and I can’t wait to hear all about it every step of the way.

  7. 7 Anna Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I’m loving your Steelers love!

    Here’s to the whatever’s next!

  8. 8 Erin Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Oh Sarah! I’m so proud of you and ow far you’ve come. It’s been a joy to watch your growth this year. I think you’re much stronger than you realize(d). You’re a totally lovely person and I love you so much!

  9. 9 Jane Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 8:40 am

    i noticed all your Steeler gear– where are you from? I live in pittsburgh!

  10. 10 Andrea of Care to Eat Monday, May 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

    What a great recap (can’t think of a better word!). I’m glad you’re walking away from the college experience with positive thoughts – despite the ups and downs.

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