Freshman Year Lessons: An End of the Year Reflection


Posted on April 26th, by Tatum Teeple in Tatum Teeple. No Comments

Looking back on my freshman year at Findlay, I have learned so much. It would be almost impossible to write about how many lessons I have learned my first year on campus! As the end of the school year approaches, and the stress of exams is weighing on me heavily, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced this year.

  1. Choices: It is no surprise that college freshman are not noted for making the best choices. This is no wonder, however. Most freshmen are almost fully dependent on their parents for the first 18 years, and then immediately become autonomous the minute we step foot on campus. This is awesome! College gives you the opportunity to become your own unique individual. With individualism, though, comes choices. Making the right choice in every decision is not easy. I have learned this throughout my first year. Not every choice I have made has been the right one, and that is okay. No one said that you have to have to get it right the first, or fifth time! I no longer can depend on anyone else making the right decisions for me, except for me. I would not want it any other way. College has shown me who I am. And I’m looking forward to learning something new about myself everyday from here on out through the choices that I make.
  2. Priorities: This year, I have learned that you had better put school on the top of your priority list, because it will most likely end up there by default. I am here to get an education so that I can have the future I’ve always dreamed of. Although my motivation has wavered a few times, it helps me to know all of the work will pay off someday. Am I saying that you can not play? Of course not! At the end of the day though, school has become my number one priority.
  3. Friendships: Speaking of play, can I just say how many amazing people I have met this year? I can hardly believe it. Coming to UF, I had a few close friends I took with me from high school. As I end my freshman year, however, I have so many friends that I am looking forward to continue making memories with. By becoming a member of Sigma Kappa, it has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. I truly feel that I have made friendships this year that will last a lifetime; I have met my best friends. Throughout the next years, I look forward to building upon these relationships.

This year has taught me so many lessons. I have made amazing connections and experienced so many things that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Thank you Oiler Nation for giving me such a great first year. I am truly thankful to attend a school that fosters so many chances for me to excel. For now, I am signing off. I look forward to a relaxing summer. Thanks for following along for my first year journey! It’s been a great ride!

-Tatum





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



From the Blog

Wondering what it's really like to be at The University of Findlay? Follow our bloggers and read—and sometimes listen and watch—their experiences. Real Oilers. Real stories. Real life.

Work Hard, Play Hard

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here! It feels amazing to be back and I am extremely grateful for...

At Home in #OilerNation

Take a look at what it’s like to live in #OilerNation, as Meredith gives us a tour of her room and...

Meet Meredith!

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I came all the way to the University of Findlay for the incredible animal...

Year #3, Here I Come!

Somehow, time has flown by and this year I started my third year here at the University of Findlay! For a pre-physical therapy...

Homestays and new experiences

So far on our journey, we have encountered so many kind people and even made some great new friends. The professors...

Why Fukui?

You may find yourself wondering why we traveled to Japan. To put it simply, Kat and I wholeheartedly believe traveling and...

Seeing the Sights and Settling In

The first three days of our trip were spent traveling Osaka, a great place for sightseeing here in Japan. We were...

Sleepless in Osaka

A few days ago, we were scheduled to leave for Japan with Dr. Alison Baer and her husband Paul.  If you...

Ready to Go!

Hello, Kat Slate and Julia Smith here! We are education majors setting out to teach children, not only here, but all...

Dear Findlay: A Letter to Everyone I’ve Known the Past 4 Years

Dear Findlay (and everyone affiliated),

August 2014, was the beginning of my senior year of high school. For most of my classmates,...

Use Your Words

For my last blog post of the academic year (I’ll be back this fall), I thought I’d provide some educational value...

The Senioritis Struggle (or lack thereof): Part 2

Senioritis: sen·ior·i·tis: noun humorous: A supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a...

Freshman Year Lessons: An End of the Year Reflection

Looking back on my freshman year at Findlay, I have learned so much. It would be almost impossible to write about...

To a New Beginning!

So, it’s almost the end of this semester! Almost the end of me being a freshman! They say time flies. It...

Surviving the End of the Semester: Tips & Tricks

The last few weeks of the semester are always the hardest. Suddenly, everything that you put off because “It isn’t due...