A Look Back at Freshman Year

It’s over!!! Summer here I come! I honestly can’t believe that I’m done with my freshman year of college and the fact that I graduated high school an entire year ago. My oh my does time fly! In honor of today being my FIRST FRIDAY OF SUMMER, I thought I’d reflect and look back at my freshman year of college. Today I’ll be taking a look at my spring semester goals and my freshman year goals, seeing if I accomplished any of them, and just kind of reflect on the semester as a whole.

a look back at freshman year goals

In case you are new here, I’m now a sophomore (wow, that’s feels really weird to say) computer information systems major at the University of South Carolina in the hottest city ever, Columbia, SC. I love it here, and I’m so glad I moved away from home!       If you’re in college, what school do you go to? I apologize for the length of this post, but I tried to fit an entire year of college into one post… that’s kinda difficult

My freshman year goals were as follows:

  • make new friends
  • get involved
  • break out of my comfort zone
  • be ok with doing things on my own
  • become more patient and not stress over everything

Looking back at those, I think I accomplished all of them! I’ve made such an amazing friend here (aka Lauren, my Target buddy) and I’m so sad to be spending three months away from her! I didn’t get as involved as I had hoped, but I always tend to do that. I like to take a year, especially in a new environment, and just feel things out. Plus, I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with like four different clubs and five different classes!

I definitely broke out of my comfort zone! Towards the end of the year, I just started going to events by myself. I would ask people to come, but they just wanted to sit and watch Netflix all day. That’s not my idea of a good time, so I just started going to things without them! I also became very comfortable with eating on my own and going to the store on my own. The only thing I haven’t really accomplished is not stressing over everything. I am 100% a type A personality so I like to have things clean (like my dorm room and the bathroom) and organized and I have to be on a schedule. If things don’t fit my schedule or might throw my schedule off, I get a little stressed over it. But, that’s just who I am, and I’ve come to accept it which is about the best I can do!

For spring semester, my goals were:

  • go on an adventure
  • find my place
  • make all A’s and B’s
  • leave my dorm room

I think I covered all of those in the previous two paragraphs, but I accomplished all of these as well! My “adventure” this semester was going canoeing two weeks ago with the scholars organization I am a part of. It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to spend more time outdoors this summer! I made it a habit to get out of my dorm room this semester. Even if I don’t have class in the mornings, I head out around 8 and go study. I like to think of school as a 9-5 job. This allows me to focus on school and also have some me time almost every day!

All in all, freshman year was a good experience. I learned so much about myself and others and life. I can’t wait to be home for the summer, but I’m sure that in a good two weeks, I’ll be ready to head back to school. Here are some of my favorite posts from my freshman year:

alternatives to nextflix spring break denver, colorado college dorm room tour
10-things-that-make-me-happy computer science from a girl's point of view why I'm a morning person in college
College Move In University of South Carolina Experience dorm room tour south carolina tips for staying healthy in college

What were your goals this semester? Did you accomplish them?

~abigail gray

  • I am a super senior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I took some time off from college but I have returned and luckily in college, it doesn’t matter whether you graduate at twenty two or sixty two! I just stumbled across your blog and I like it! 🙂
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

    • That’s so true! We get “you have to graduate in 4 years” drilled into our heads and it’s easy to forget that you can take as little or as much time as you want in college!

  • I feel like just yesterday I was reading your move in posts! It is so hard to believe that this year is already over.

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    • Trust me, I know. I’m looking at my empty room and it just feels weird. But I’m so excited for the summer!

  • I’m finishing up my freshman year too so this was great to read! I’m at the University of Oregon right now but am transferring to Chapman U next year. I’m so happy your first year went well! South Carolina is a great school

    Meagan | Love by Meagan

  • Elizabeth

    I’ll be a freshman at USC in the fall so let me know if you have any tips for me on how to not embarrass myself haha! Can’t wait to experience everything this amazing school has to offer! Go Cocks!!

    • Ahhh that’s so exciting! You’re going to love it! If you want to chat about college life at USC or have any questions, email me at livingthegraylife@gmail.com! I would absolutely love to chat 🙂

      • Elizabeth

        Just shot you an email! Thank you so so much for being so helpful!!!

  • Oh my gosh girl!! I am super jealous!! I did not even think of making goals for my freshmen year… I will have to do that for my 2nd year! I go to college at UW Washington County in Wisconsin. However, I did not think of making any goals on paper anyways.. I did make the goal to make new friends and to push myself out of my comfort zone too, which I believe I did achieve those two things! (: Are you planning on making any summer goals?

    • Goals are how I live my life. I think it really adds a new way of looking at the upcoming months! I’m glad you accomplished yours! I think my summer goals are to relax, wrap my head around some DIY projects for my RA position next year, and make time for friends! Do you have any goals for the summer?

      • Not to go crazy with stress that is for sure (: Seriously, I want to be able to have a blast at my new job, make some new friends, hang out with my old ones, and live my life to the fullest while finding out who I am as a person! Very cheesy wording but that is the truth!

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