A Freshman Reflection

Journalism Major, University of Arizona

Aug   2012



I am a dreamer.

Freshman reflectionI believe in viewing each situation life brings us through a positive lens.

All that being said, I was nervous and a bit apprehensive toward the transition to college. This time last year I knew that my freshman year at the University of Arizona rapidly approached, but I had no idea what to expect.

Everything that I have learned and experienced in my life—accolades, laughs, basketball teams, girls, awkward middle school yearbook photos—have led to this moment.

How would I adapt to college? Can I make it my own?

But guess what . . . I made it!

My freshman year was jam-packed from start to finish. Waking up, going to class, working, meeting other students, repeat.

Before you start playing your violins, please understand my message: I definitely wish that I could have handled certain situations differently, but my freshman year helped me grow into the man that I aspire to become—one who is self-assured and happy.

If I could give one piece of advice to an incoming college student, I would advise you to not stress about what might happen but instead make something happen.

You want to get a head start on that English essay due next week? Begin writing today. You want to approach that young man or woman in your journalism class? Introduce yourself after class.

Basically, I am advising you to go after what you want. Tomorrow is never promised for any of us and life is far too short to live with continued regrets or dwellings on the past.

Just do you and the rest will fall into place. I promise.

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About Tyler McDowell-Blanken

Tyler McDowell-Blanken

Tyler McDowell-Blanken is a guest blogger for CollegeXpress, and a junior majoring in journalism at the University of Arizona. Hip-hop, basketball, fashion, poetry—these are all elements that shape his life. Tyler is from Glendale, Arizona by way of New York City (an avid New York sports fan—Knicks, Yankees, Giants, etc.). Tyler enjoys staying involved on campus and sharing his experiences with fellow students. He credits both his professional and personal success back to his parents and figures in the community who paved the way. His dream is to find a successful career in the journalism field and have the ability to give back to underprivileged communities. You can catch up with him on Twitter @TylerJMcDowell