We have another guest blogger! Welcome Taylor Hudson. A little intro from Taylor:
My name is Taylor Hudson. I am a freshman at ETSU. I am currently undeclared, but I believe I will be pursuing a degree in Music Education with a cross major in English. I attended Nashville School of the Arts in Nashville, Tennessee where I played the cello. My passions are music, writing, and animals. I have a dog named Toby and he is the absolute love of my life. I am very open, and I can just about make friends with anyone.
Fall semester is coming to a close and there has been one quote to help me get through the past five months:
Four Lessons on Life: 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Don’t complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder; they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.— Warren Wiersbe
These four lessons have come in handy on my journey throughout this first semester as I have learned that everyone is guarding something. If one is keeping something from you and they don’t feel like talking about it, don’t try to force it out of them. Walls, or fences in this case, are put up for security, they are meant to protect something sacred. Would you want someone breaking down the fences around your house, something you had put so much time and effort into protecting, something that keeps your family, your possessions, and yourself safe? Friendships can take years to build, not just a few weeks. Give your friends time to open up to you.
Also, if you become too conceited or too ahead of your friends, they may mistake you for the enemy. Your first semester is for you to gain friendships; if you begin to think you know it all, your friends will take you as that, a “know it all.” Now when it comes to school work, don’t be afraid to jump ahead of the game, there is no shame in doing that. If that is the case, your friends may come to you for help and you are your friends may become closer.
In terms of getting to where you are now in your first semester of college, don’t be afraid to thank those who got you there and don’t be afraid to look back and acknowledge your years in high school. If it weren’t for those influential people in your life and your high school career, you would not be at East Tennessee State University pursuing a degree. It happens to be the small details that create a masterpiece. Don’t be ashamed to thank those who have made an impact. Your mom, your dad, your grandparents, guardians, teachers, or coaches, anyone who has had influence on your decisions has created the character residing in you today.
Your first semester of college will not be easy, there will be difficulties, but remember that with every difficulty, there will be success. With every hill, there will be a downhill. With every battle, someone will win. Just remember to fight your hardest.