Natalie Rohman

A Chicago Girl Paving Inspiration

Radiating Productivity and Open-Mindedness

As my sophomore year of college slowly, but surely approaches, there are a lot of choices that I have to make this coming year. As fun as my summer was, there are things that need to get done this school year and my mindset needs to focus again for awhile. 

I'll be honest, as I've said before, my blog writing has been on the back burner. However, this summer was probably one of the most productive summers of all. I was able to handle and mentally grasp travel in a whole new way, while juggling babysitting side-gigs and personal or social things in between. Blogging included. I was very lucky to have been able to travel and do so many things this summer because I am ready to buckle down into my studies again and focus on the opportunities I will have at school. 

Since I've already gotten pretty comfortable at school, I'm at that point of college where I just wanna do more things. I kind of shrugged off opportunities and clubs because I thought I couldn't handle all of it. I thought that joining a lot of commitments was going to make me a "stressed out college student," but only stressed myself out more because I wasn't doing any of those fun and immersive clubs or organizations. I did join some things, but I never felt there. 
I guess that was also from just being a freshie and not really knowing what to expect, which was fine. For most freshmen, figuring out where you wanna be takes a year or so. I'm not expert at college, but I do know that I'm ready to push myself a little more this year to make the most of it. 

Whether that be actually signing up and attending club meetings, applying for an oncampus job, thinking about studying abroad, talking to more people, taking more risks, changing my routine a little, or even my route to class. There's more I need to do and be openminded about this year. 

All of that being said, I also need to remember that it's totally okay not to do all of these things I've just listed. There are a lot of things I have yet to experience and sometimes it's best to take what comes and to not worry about what others are currently doing or will do in the future. This will be a promising year for me and I don't want to take anything for granted. 

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