A Farewell to Belmont

As the last weeks of school approach, my time here is quickly ending. After I graduate, I will be moving home, and I don’t plan on coming back anytime soon. I am not really sad about this. In fact, I am very excited to be done and move on from this place. However, as this chapter ends in my life, I am left to reflect on my time here at Belmont.

I started dreaming of college during my freshman year of high school. I knew I wanted to move to Nashville after graduation, and no one was going to get in my way. I wanted to be independent and on my own. I had a lot of expectations and I wanted all of them to be met. My favorite movie was Legally Blonde, and I wanted my college experience to be as fabulous as Elle Woods’. I was excited for the classes, cute outfits and studying on the lawn! However, once I finally made it here, I didn’t get my Elle Woods moment.

My freshman year was pretty unfortunate. I was here, at a beautiful school with opportunities at my fingertips, but I couldn’t enjoy any of it because I was so homesick. I cried all of the time. I counted down the days until I could go home, and I dreaded coming back. There was no studying on the lawn and there were definitely no cute outfits (I wore a sweatshirt and leggings practically every day). Looking back at it, it seems a bit ridiculous, but I just could not snap out of it. Finally, during the last three weeks of my freshman year, things started turning around, the sun came out, and I decided I’d give Belmont a second chance… and I’m glad I did.

Belmont has taught me that not all of my expectations will always be met, but that doesn’t mean the alternative isn’t just as great. I didn’t get my “Elle Woods” experience, but I did get just what I needed. I got a great education and have had so many opportunities to do neat things, and I have grown as a person. I don’t cry anymore, I dress cute every once in a while, and I eventually studied on the lawn. I have loved my classes. I have learned so many amazing things and my professors have made me excited about my education and have challenged me each and every day. I have met so many interesting people from all walks of life that have taught me about themselves and the world. I have grown as a person and now feel confident in who I am and where I am going. These last three years have been the most challenging years of my life, but I wouldn’t trade them. I truly believe God sent me here for a reason, and that reason was to grow.

My advice to those who might feel like I did freshman year is to just stay calm. Things work themselves out. You might struggle in the beginning, but you’ll thrive in the end.

My college experience wasn’t what I was hoping for, but Belmont provided me with what I needed.

So, thanks Belmont. I’m leaving you, but I’ll always be thankful for you!

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Kaylinn is a Corporate Communication major at Belmont University located in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves shopping, watching reality tv, and eating pizza. She likes talking politics, but can also hold an equally compelling conversation about the Kardashians. She dreams of traveling the world and living in Italy with her little sister.

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