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:

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

Freshman Year

I explored Boston

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

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Watched the Steelers win their 5th Superbowl

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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

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Went to Israel on Birthright

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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 

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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

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Developed my cooking skills (and my 6-pack)

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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

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

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Had fun on visits with my mom and dad

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Watched the Steelers win their 6th Superbowl

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Made amazing friends

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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.

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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

    WOW! SO NEAT TO SEE THIS POST AND YOUR JOURNEY!!!

    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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