For those incoming freshmen out there who are worried about the year ahead, let me just tell you at first that I know exactly how you are feeling, and I’ve been there.
Whether you’re entering your freshman year of high school or of college, it’s a pretty scary time for you. You don’t know what to expect. You’re scared about making new friends and being alone. You’re scared about being yourself and being liked.
This upcoming year will go by so quickly. I guarantee you that you will make mistakes, you will have good and bad times, you will learn so much, and you will come out at the end of the year a stronger person.
It’s a whirlwind at first, especially when you’re entering college. So much is new. Your old routine is over and now you have to get used to a new one. There are so many challenges, new things, temptations. It’s going to be difficult, awkward, weird, confusing.
You’re going to get through it, with the help of God.
You’re going to mistakes, but I hope you won’t make the same mistakes I made. First and foremost, keeping close to God is key. If you have Him by your side to help you in every decision you make, things will go much more smoothly. (Hebrews 10:22)
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “everyone else is doing it, so I should too.” It’s not true. Not everyone else is doing it, whatever it may be. There are other people like you. There are other people who feel the same way. You are not alone.
Step out of your comfort zone. Go talk to people. Find your friends, your Christian ones and your not Christian ones. Branch out. Learn about peoples’ experiences. Go to places alone, if you have to. Now’s the time to step out.
Cherish this time. It’s going to go by so quickly. You’re going to change as a person, no matter what, and hopefully you are changing to become stronger and more rooted in Christ. So don’t be afraid to go out there in your faith and live accordingly. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people for help.
Most importantly, cling to God. In every decision, consult His guidance. He has an ultimate plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11) and you can rest assured that He is leading you down His path.