School is starting soon! It is that time of year again. I love the energy on college campuses this time of year. Yet, it is a time for change. Every year on a college campus is different. New students, new classes and most likely new living spaces. Can be good, could be be bad, definitely is hard at times!
I’m going through some changes of my own. I am moving to Georgia. I have decided to leave Aurora University, and I’ll be starting at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA right after Labor Day. I’m excited, but sad too. I love working with college students and the good news is that I’ll be doing the exact same job, just in a new location. The hard part is saying goodbye to great friends and the students I have worked with the last couple of years.
Yesterday was my last day at AU. It was hard saying goodbye. There will be so many people I will miss. I’m looking forward to my new adventure, but wish I could take quite a few people along with me to Georgia. I feel like a freshman student. A new campus and I don’t really know anyone yet. Missing my old friends, but looking forward to making new ones. Those mixed of emotions of excitement and fear can be overwhelming at times. It isn’t always easy, but it usually is worth it when you take a chance and try something new.
Like the above quote says, “You have to laugh and have fun with it!” It has always been my dream to live in the south. I hate cold winters!! There is so much to look forward to. I will keep that in mind as I go through the reality of moving 900 miles away. Relationships are tested by change and stress. I know my relationship will be fine during this huge move, but that doesn’t make it any easier to live through. Those moments are when I have to think about warm winters and no more driving in ice and snow!
Trust me, I will use all the advice I’ve given to others and do my best to think positive when I feel stressed or nervous. I’m glad I can find encouragement from reading the blog’s of other people who have been through something similar as well as reading my own advice which I often give to others. I’ll also be staying in touch with all my great friends up here in Illinois, who I know will encourage me any time I need it.
I can’t lie and say I don’t have conflicting emotions. It’s like a graduation. Bittersweet. Those are the hardest things to go through. Those that you are excited, yet sad about. I admit I’ve gone back and forth wondering if I’m doing the right thing. On one hand I know it will all work out, but there is still a part of me that thinks, “what if it doesn’t?”. There are no guarantees in life. However, nothing is permanent. There will be freshman that realize college isn’t for them or that they’re just at the wrong college. They will leave and move onto something else that works better for them. The same is true for me. I can always come back to Illinois if it doesn’t work out. So, why not take the chance?
Like I said, change is hard. I am in the middle of packing which is a pain. Starting a new job is a little scary. Having a house for sale is very stressful. Will it be worth it in the long run? I truly believe so. Valdosta State is a great university and their counseling team seems very solid. I am very honored that they offered me the position and in January when it is 60 degrees outside instead of below zero, I don’t think I’ll be complaining.
I will still be keeping up with this blog and hope to impart some wisdom to the students at VSU. Wish me luck on my new adventure and please send up a prayer that my house sells soon!!