It’s Funny, The Difference a Year Can Make.

A lot happened in 2014. Here’s my 14-point summary of the year – high school seniors should relate 🙂

1.) Finally the seemingly ever elusive Senior year of high school begins.

2.) SAT/ACT scores are a big deal.

-Meanwhile, less than a year later, they will become essentially irrelevant.

3.) College applications consume all spare time.

4.) “All spare time” is really whatever time you can salvage from the black hole of “Senioritis”

5.) You get accepted to college(s)!

6.)  Then you worry about having to pick a you pick some Verses of The Year:
Philippians 4:6-7

  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

7.) You make your college decision and are surprised by how easy it was.

-My hope for any current high school seniors is that you find your decision as straight          forward as I did after prayer and thinking and that you are confident and content in              your choice. 🙂

8.) You attend your final school concert, musical, sports game, dance, class…

9.) You graduate high school!

10.) You discover that the “Freshman 15” is really a “pre-freshman 15” due to the amount          of graduation parties you attend over the next 2 months.

11.) You pack your entire existence into what looks like way too many boxes and move 6 and a half hours away. (or 6 and a half minutes, 6,000 miles, however far it may be.)

12.) You unpack your entire existence into an unfamiliar place, say good bye to your family and play far too many ice breaker/get to know you games than should exist in one week.

so. many. games.

13.) You have that moment of awareness as you walk across campus a few weeks into classes that you are actually a college student.

14.) You discover a home away from home and family of friends

Life is completely different now than it was a year ago. A new state, new home, new friends, new school, new family, new sources of happiness.

It’s funny, the difference a year can make.

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Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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