College is the best time of your life

My name is Elana Delafraz and I am a sophomore at Hofstra University. I come from a beautiful town in Long Island called Great Neck. I am very involved in my school and have obtained many leadership roles in clubs too. During my free time I love to design crafts, make music, play tennis or volunteer with young children.

We are all told; these are the best years of our lives. College. What comes to mind when you think of that word? Do you picture yourself with a diploma in hand coming out successfully with a prestigious job? Do you picture that bliss you get when you are in the middle of the dance floor with all your friends at party? Or do you picture yourself making numerous connections while networking with inspiring people? However you may view it, everyone has their expectations and memories when they think of the word college. I wish someone had told me all I should appreciate from my school when I was a naïve, lost freshman because I blinked and I am now a sophomore. So here I am, sitting in my fold-up futon, surviving off of Ramen Noodles, Häagen-Daz coffee ice cream, and rolled up in my vibrant fleece blanket, yet I have never felt more alive. I have morphed into the best version of myself all thanks to my school. When I wake up in the morning I am eager to start my day, dominate in my classes, and actively participate in the numerous meeting I need to attend. Furthermore, the fact that I only have two and a half more years left here worries me a little bit. What I mean is yes, I would have to agree with all those people, whomever they are, these are the best years of our lives. Now more than ever is the time to try something you would never do, make friends with someone new, and learn more about yourself in any way possible. This is the time to be selfish and become that passionate, wholesome, successful and independent person you have always dreamed of becoming.

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