“They scream out my FAILURES and whisper my ACCOMPLISHMENTS.” -Drake

Sophomore year… So many things I could say about this past year. I went through a series of ups and downs but the reward that I received at the end of those trials and tribulations, made everything well worth it.

Before my sophomore year, I set a few goals for myself.  Focus on myself and become more self-aware? CHECK! Stop stressing over drawn out friendships and relationships? CHECK.  Become truly happy and content with where I am at in my life? Double CHECK!

During my sophomore year, I accomplished these things and so much more. I finessed the Indiana University Parking Operations numerous times… I personally don’t have time for parking tickets, considering how expensive my tuition is. So I’ll leave y’all with one word. APPEAL.

I also managed to get a job and get my beloved mother off my back. Homegirl was not sending me any money until I finally got a paying job in Bloomington. I began making moves towards accomplishing my dreams by earning an internship with the Big Ten Network Student U. Oh yeah and ya girl kept her grades up and boosted my GPA! I can’t have my momma thinking I’m wasting her money.

I surrounded myself with the best friends that a girl could ask for. I can truly say I’ve made lifelong friendships and found my own little family away from home. We fuss and we fight but I love them to death. I can’t wait to see what our futures hold.

Lastly, I accomplished one of my most important goals. I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. It had always been a dream of mine to join the organization that so many of my role models were apart of. The sisterhood, the laughs and the memories that I share with my line sisters and prophytes will last me a lifetime. It’s true what they say, “From the outside looking in, you could never understand it. From the inside looking out, you could never explain it.”

As I’m sitting here writing this post, I still cannot believe that I am halfway done with my collegiate career. It seems like just yesterday I was moving into Teter Quad for the GROUPS Scholars Program Summer Experience before moving to Forest for the Fall semester. I still have so much more that I want to accomplish before I leave Indiana University and I would have to say I’m off to a pretty good start. Everyday since the first day that I arrived at IU, I have managed to learn something about myself.  Whether those lessons have come from the classroom, my friends, my parents, peers, or my man (We’ll talk about him later), I appreciate them all because they are molding me into the woman the God wants me to be.

Love,

Lindsey

xo

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