Posted by Sophia Druffner on Monday, May 15, 2017
The date is May 15, 2017. I’m lying on a rather comfy sofa in Conshohocken, PA, and I think I’m finally recovered. Sophomore year hit me hard, y’all, and this summer, I’m going to post about the Eleven Things that I learned Sophomore Year. Each “thing” will have its own post, and I just might start with the last first, because that’s definitely the most important to me.
Life. Is. Crazy.
The Eleven Things I learned Sophomore Year
Vanderbilt Can Be Messy: Friends, grades, housing, my Crazy Indian Mom, and everything else.
It’s Okay to Fail. No, really: Sometimes, you can’t do everything.
Something Good (Even the C’s): Find the good in everything that you’ve experienced. Everything.
Step Back (Mental Health at Vanderbilt): You can’t fix everyone, you can’t fix everyone, you can’t fix anyone.
Let Your Friends Support You (Mental Health at Vanderbilt): Let other people talk to you when you’re not feeling so good. Sometimes, it’s what you need.
“Hi, What’s your name?” Be Welcoming: Welcoming people is so, so, so important. Especially the freshmen. Love the freshmen. If you’re a first-year, love another first year. :)
My Escapes: Dancing, sleeping, going outside, late night conversations.
Fake it, Sometimes: Sometimes you need to put on That Face for others. (“That Face” just might have its own post)
Responses Matter Most: Housing situations. Specifically, Mayfields. Oh. My. Goodness. (Please note: I am living in a Mayfield again next year too and I’m really looking forward to it. In this post, I will be totally real with you about the good and the bad).
Be Real. Be Very Real: “When you’re lost and alone…” Sometimes, other people need to know that you’re struggling, too. Sometimes, they need you to listen to them. Sometimes, you need to just have fun without anyone talking about anything deep. Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes.
God, Me, and Vanderbilt: This is going to be a very, very long post.
And… that’s everything! “Sophie Answers Questions” will also be back on track, with some of the questions that people have emailed me this year. Get ready for GenChem, Greek Life, and Other Random Things.
Final note! To all the now-sophomores who read my blog before they came to Vandy: y’all, it meant so much to me when I heard ‘Wait, do you write for Inside Dores?’ So, dear new readers, don’t ever be afraid to send me an email, because it really makes my day. Sometimes it leads to meeting in person… sometimes it leads to friendship! In real life! Oh my goodness.
Email me at email@example.com and I promise that I’ll get to you super soon.
P.S. Please excuse my over-use of the word “sometimes.” I probably need another word.
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