As I turn 21 today, I can’t help but reminisce on the past few years, my old experiences and new experiences I will have. These past two and half years at college have been a whirlwind, to say the least. I have experienced heartbreak, have transitioned in and out of friendships, had moments when I just wanted to stay in bed, and moments when all I wanted to do was share my good news with the world.
My past relationships have taught me what I want and how not to act. The leadership opportunities I have now have been life-changing and the ones I missed I don’t regret going for. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful niece and so many amazing memories with my family. I learned to love myself. I’ve stopped caring about what others think about me and started doing my thing, whether or not they think its cool.
My older sisters and parents have taught me so many fantastic life lessons. The six nieces and nephews in my life are shining lights on a daily basis and have taught me how to be a strong role model, and reminded me of my love for working with kids. The support from my family for my dream of teaching has been there since I was little and made my dolls into a classroom. I have been given brothers through my two brother in-laws.
I am so grateful for my friends who support everything I do and are there for me on a daily basis, even if they are halfway across the world. I would not be where I am today without the new friends I’ve made who encourage me to go outside of my comfort zone and create new experiences. People say college is the time to make your most memorable experiences, I totally agree. The moments I’ve had are priceless and I look forward to many more!
I am excited to order my first drink in a restaurant (in the United States), join my sisters and brothers in law and toast with my family to my 21st. I am especially excited to spend this special day with people I love. I would not be able to say I did half the things I did without my supportive amazing family. Happy 21st to me, and a huge thank you to my friends and family who helped me get to the place I am today.