10 Things My Freshman Year of College Taught Me


The past 8 months have been some of the most joyful, yet challenging months that I have ever experienced. When I first pictured what college would be like, I never thought it was possible to grow and learn so much in such a short amount of time. Yes, I knew that college meant lots of change. I expected to be consumed with homesickness and believed that the year would pass by at a snail pace. Little did I know that it would fly by and that the previous 4 years that I had spent in high school would become a very distant memory. Here's a list of the top 10 things I learned this year:

1. Listen to your body.

This is singlehandedly the most important thing I learned this semester. The first 3 months of college were heavenly. I ate whatever I wanted, stayed up too late, and took long naps in between classes. I was LIVING. After Thanksgiving break is when it really hit me. I  was experiencing anxiety like never before. Panic attacks became the norm, and my appetite was gone. Before I went back to school for the second semester, I finally visited the doctor. I found out that the side effects of one of my allergy medications were behind all of the struggles that I was facing. I was relieved to find out what was wrong, but I was also angry with myself for waiting so long to bring what I was experiencing to someone's attention.

From this experience, I learned to listen to what your body is saying to you. Make time to rest and take care of yourself. The transition into college life is hard on your body. It means moving to a whole other town, and for many, a different state. It's being away from your mom's wholesome cooking to a life of dining hall meals and delicious fast food (Chick-fil-A, I love you). College is staying up too late and enjoying naps all day. It's simply wonderful but can be hard on your body. Take special care of yourself. You only get one body, and you're responsible for the love you give it.

2. The "freshman 15" does not have to happen to you.

When I first arrived at school, I made going to the gym a priority, but what really saved me from gaining weight was that I walked everywhere. I avoided the bus like the plague. Not only was I too impatient to wait for the bus to arrive, I also loved the fresh air I got when I walked. It gave me time to clear my head, or of course, call my mom to chat. I think walking everywhere is what saved me from gaining any weight this year. I log miles and miles a day since my campus is huge.

Bottom line, I believe the freshman 15 is a choice. It's a product of laziness, late night snacking & drinking, and the endless food choices made available to us college students.

3. Don't second guess yourself.

Liberty University is a conservative, Christian school. It's a dry campus that has a curfew and a dress code for classes. It doesn't quite represent the "typical college experience" but choosing to attend Liberty was one of the easiest decisions of my life. I was in love with the school and knew that it was where I wanted to spend the next 4 years of my life. Very quickly, however, some of my teachers, college counselors, and friends began voicing their thoughts. They weren't shy when it came to sharing their negative opinions. One of my teachers even insulted the President of Liberty, Jerry Falwell Jr., to my face. It was beginning to get to me. I started thinking that I had made the wrong decision. I was completely second guessing the choice that at one point was crystal clear.

After all of that, I thank God every day that I went with my gut and stuck with my decision. This year was so wonderful. I learned so much about myself and what's most important to me. I grew closer to the Lord and am proud of the person I have become this year. On top of all that, I can reflect upon the past months and know that I made good choices, and that's more important than the opinion of people who I'll most likely never see again.


4. Don't overdo it on the credit hours you take-- no matter how tempting it may be.

When I registered for spring semester, I signed up for the maximum amount of credits that I could. I thought that I could handle it and that it was no big deal. Little did I know that 4 weeks later I would be drowning in schoolwork. Be diligent with completing your classes so you can graduate on time, but make sure you really evaluate what you're signing up for prior to diving into the classes. Keeping in touch with your advisor is extremely important as they will be able to make sure you're on track with earning the credits you need in order to complete your degree.

5. Get involved in all of the organized freshman activities first semester.

Not having a positive attitude about all of the orientation activities at the beginning of my freshman year is one of my biggest regrets. I thought all of it was so lame. The hall dinners, the ice-breaker games, all of it; lame, lame, lame. I had no idea how many people I could have met if I had actually participated. So, if you're starting college soon, put on a smile and go meet people at those organized events. Trust me, everyone feels awkward and alone; so go make friends!

6. It is okay if the people you meet the first few weeks of school aren't your forever friends.

One of the most difficult things to accept when it comes to college friends is that they come and go. At the beginning of freshman year, everyone wants to be friends with everyone. While this seems great at first, it's important to remember that these people may or may not stick around forever. Let them leave if they want to, and cherish them if they stay.


7. Pray about everything-- and then listen to what God is telling you.

Prayer is the #1 thing that kept me on my feet this year. However, there were plenty of times that I would ask God for answers and he would give them to me, but I would ignore. Sometimes He wouldn't give the response I was expecting, or the one that I wanted. I would push Him away and continue on doing what I wanted. I realized that trusting His plan for me is always going to be 100x better than the plans that I have for myself. "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act." Psalm 37:4-5

8. Get out of your dorm room.

Go to the library, go on a walk, go grab some coffee, go to the gym. Just leave your room and get out and about on your campus. The majority of people that I know who don't enjoy college spend all of their time in their rooms thinking about how much they would rather be home. Sometimes I catch myself doing this. Right when I do, I hop up and go somewhere. Anywhere.


9. Keep a journal.

I didn't start journaling until the spring semester. I used it as an outlet to talk about the anxiety I was experiencing, but I realized how awesome it is when it comes to documenting everything that goes down throughout the year. Make it a habit. Don't just write when you're at the peak of happiness or at your lowest low. Write even when life is just going okay. The feeling of completing a whole journal and then reading your past entries is so cool

10. Eating meals by yourself isn't weird-- it's totally normal.

Once I realized that it was okay to eat meals by myself, life got so much easier. There's this whole stigma around sitting at a table by yourself for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Trust me, it's okay to not always have plans 24/7. Stop worrying about who you're going to eat your next meal with and just go eat! Then get back to what's on your to-do list. I promise your days will be 10x more productive this way.

Joy Finally Returns


"Molly, it is okay to talk about what you're going through." These words came from my mom during a time I thought my world was crashing down. A few days ago I finally accepted the fact that I simply cannot have it all together all the time. I also learned that I have to allow others to help me. I have always tried to be the comforter. I've attempted to be the supplier of infinite hugs and reminders that "the best is yet to come." I also end up doubting God's faithfulness. I begin asking questions like, "Why is this happening to me?" "How long will this last?" "When will I feel like the old me again?" No matter how strong my relationship with God is, I still find myself forgetting to give all of my worries to Him. It's easy to get so wrapped up in how it seems as if everything is falling apart. It's even easier to slip into a dark place of pushing others away. I spent the last 6 weeks wondering why I couldn't escape the things that were bringing me down. I could barely recognize myself. I lost the majority of the joy I had worked so hard to achieve in my life. I didn't appreciate all the wonderful things that surrounded me. No matter how hard I tried, it was just easier to wear a mask and pretend to be happy than to turn to my friends, family, and especially my God.

Finally, my Bible was back in my hands towards the final week of Christmas break. I thought I'd share the verses that picked me up. The ones filled my heart with joy and comfort again as I begin this final semester of my Freshman year of college.

Psalm 94:19

"When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy."

Psalm 43:5

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet  praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Deuteronomy 31:8

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Isaiah 41:10

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand."

Psalm 143:8

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world"

Psalm 34:18

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Matthew 17:20

He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."


6 weeks ago I was desperate for comfort. I was full of doubt and yearned for normalcy. After experiencing these trials I can confidently say I am stronger than I was before. I have a new attitude towards life's struggles, and once again, am reminded of God's incredible promises to me. Just when I thought everything was falling apart, it was actually falling into place.

What I Left Behind in 2016

What I Left Behind in 2016

2016 was the year of learning new things about myself and others. I graduated high school, realized the characteristics of a true friend, began my freshman year of college, and became someone I am really proud to be. This past year was a whirlwind, but I totally conquered it. It doesn't mean 2016 didn't have its moments, because trust me, it did. However, I finally realized that the most important part of growing up is taking advantage of every opportunity to shape yourself into the best "you" that you can be, despite the challenges that are thrown your way. After much reflection, I've created a list of 5 things that I learned to let go of in the upcoming year.

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Shopping on a College Budget | Student Discounts

Let's face it-- shopping for clothes in college without spending a fortune can be daunting. It's easy to get caught in the cycle of hopping online at midnight, adding everything that strikes your fancy into the cart, and then cringing when you see the total price. I've come up with a list of my all time favorite places to shop, as well as restaurants with student discounts, to avoid overspending!


*with most online student discounts, you will need to have an account linked to UNiDAYS which verifies that you are a college student. You can do so here!

ASOS: 10% off everything. Register here.

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Making Money on Poshmark

  I originally stumbled across Poshmark in late 2015 when I was looking for a pair of Nike Frees that were sold out in stores. I saw that sellers were listing brands such as Lululemon, J. Crew, and Lilly Pulitzer-- all of which I adored. I was amazed by all that I had previously missed out on, and even more amazed by the fact that listing items on Poshmark were so simple. I knew that people had sold things on eBay, but I was overwhelmed by how large the site was, and had no idea where to start. When I decided to list a pair of old, gold Jack Rogers on Poshmark, and 24 hours later, they had sold for $30. I had just made a profit off of a pair of shoes that I had almost sent to Goodwill! Ever since my first Posh sale, I have made almost $1,400! Yippee!

Getting started on Poshmark is quick and easy with these simple tips & tricks!

Sign up and start listing!

1) Download the app, and make an account!

You can also register online, however, using the app makes listing your items so much easier. I encourage connecting your Pinterest account to your Poshmark closet to showcase items there as well. Enabling this means reaching an entirely different audience!

2) Create a listing with some information about you. Tell your followers what your most-worn brands are, so that they know what to expect from your closet.

3) List, list, list!

A full closet will show your followers that you are committed, so it is important to have at least 10 items listed before you can expect any real action.

Photo Quality

Photo quality is crucial. The clarity of the photo is what allows buyers to imagine themselves wearing the item for sale. Make sure to have a simple background to limit distractions, and do not forget to include photos of any damage to the item whatsoever. Always inform potential buyers of any issues no matter how small. If a buyer receives an item with an unexpected flaw, he or she could possibly leave a review that could ruin your reputation on Poshmark.

Title & Description Box

Be specific when you title your items; I typically follow this pattern: brand name, item type, size. For example-- J. Crew, Cashmere Sweater, Size M.

Getting the most out of the description box oftentimes requires some research. I usually hop on Google and find as much information about the item as I can. If possible, include what materials make up the item and any measurements. If the brand has given the item a name, include it. For example, "J. Crew Tippi Sweater" or "Lululemon Wunder Under Pant."


When it comes to pricing, keep in mind that Poshmark takes 20% of your sale and that people love to negotiate as well. Over the past year, I have learned that it's okay to price your items higher than you believe they will actually sell for in order to discount the item later and negotiate with buyers as well. This also allows for buyers to appreciate the deal they are getting by shopping secondhand!

"Posh Parties"

"Parties" on Poshmark are essential when it comes to increasing activity in your closet. Take the time to click the "share" button on items that relate to the parties you take part in. The more you share your listings in parties, the more buyers will see all the fabulousness that your closet has to offer!

Responding to Comments

Who doesn't love good service when it comes to shopping? If a seller is speedy in the comment sections of her listings, it makes the buyer even more inclined to purchase the item. If the potential buyer has a question that you cannot answer right away, it's always best to reply with a short & sweet, "I'm not home right now, but I'll be back by 3 pm and will check on the measurements for you!" This lets them know that you are active and willing to help them out.


My absolute favorite part about Poshmark is how easy-peasy shipping your items are. Shipping costs the buyer $5 and is added to the cost of the item they purchase.  The item can be placed in any type of shipping bag or box (shop my favorite here) and then dropped off at the Post Office or in your personal mailbox for pick-up!


Make sure to visit my closet on Poshmark, and leave me a comment so I can check yours out too! I hope you enjoyed today's post! Until next time!