In high school I was the shy girl. The outsider, always standing at the edge of the room. I am an introvert, and my middle school and high school years were such a struggle for me. I watched six of my best friends move away over the years, and I spent many Friday nights with tears streaming down my face as I prayed to God in my loneliness.
College is like a different world. I am nothing like the person I was even just one year ago. I know I seem to link everything back to Costa Rica these days, but I can truly say that my time spent there this past summer, was a turning point for me. I grew so much as a person, and I embraced life with open arms. As difficult as it has been, I have chosen to push past the fears, the insecurities, and just go for it. I've had more of a social life in the past month than I think I did in all four years of high school!
My advice to you when it comes to college is to just go for it! Life will be crazy, and you will literally have the opportunity to do something all the time. You do have to pick and choose, but don't be afraid to live life! I help cook college breakfast at my church, I go to Sunday school, bible studies, freshman events, etc. I've went to football games, baseball games, went to coffee, hosted a bonfire night, and stayed up until 12:30 talking with friends over cold pizza. I've laughed and smiled more than I have in a long time. There is truly nothing greater than authentic, beautiful friendship.
A few nights ago I had a bunch of friends over for a bonfire and s'mores. One of my incredibly talented friends pulled out his guitar and we all started worshipping God right there. As I lifted my eyes to the stars I could hear God talking to me. I knew exactly what he was thinking. My Child, those years of loneliness and hurting, brought you exactly to where you are now. I taught you to rely on me and to shine your light. These years will bless you.
Friendship is one of God's greatest blessings, and when you find it, hold onto it.