Monday, January 11, 2010

Something for the Ages

While procrastinating my second semester reading (lol! why did I think I was gonna be any less lazy than I am at home, especially in between semesters abroad?)...I submitted the following to a scholarship that asked me to fill out a survey about Oberlin and answer the very inspiring question, "Assume you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a high school senior. Knowing what you know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would you give yourself?":

Dear Holland: Keep breathing. Life is not about getting straight A’s: it’s about what you learn on the way to achieving what you most desire and I know that what’s really in your heart is far beyond answering every question ‘right.’ Also: stop trying to be someone you’re not. You know exactly who you are so go be that optimistic, creative, loving human being no matter what people say or do in response to you. Don’t worry about people hurting you because you are strong enough to handle whatever life throws at you (I know that’s hard to believe, but you are and will continue to be stronger than most of the people you believe are ‘doing it better’). Lastly: trust your intuition because it’s what led you to Oberlin. You DO belong at this school so stop saying you’re not smart enough! You knew that this college was going to give you opportunities you never believed were possible and, believe me, it's going to do that and more.

Will be starting a new and improved version of the "Plaug" for South Africa, though they also have the students keep one on their website, Also attempting to do a wrap-up Plaug about my experience coming home. Workin' on it! <3

Here's to the next part of the journey: Yes, Yes Yes Yes Yes, Love and Ashe!