By Chance, Do You Have a Time Machine That I Could Borrow?

Almost three years ago today, I was crying; downright sobbing for my Mommy and Daddy to come and rescue me from this bad bad place, and hardly breathing for fear of the unknown and the change that was now undeniably upon me. Three years ago was my first day of college here at the University of Maryland.

And now, on this anniversary of my sob-fest, my eyes are once more glossing over with tears. Because I realize that these wonderful times at my university have almost come to an end. And there is nothing I can do to get those years back.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I would give to return to freshman year and reassure myself that I would find a best friend in my roommate, despite her quirky way of singing Glee and her affinity for warm room temperatures. I would tell myself that it’s OK to step out of my comfort zone, because it’s the only way in the entire world to meet new people and define yourself. Also, you know how you’ve lost a significant amount of weight for the first time in your life? KEEP IT THAT WAY AT ALL COSTS, I HAVE SEEN YOUR FUTURE AND YOUR FUTURE IS PIZZA! I would also tell freshman Katy that no one needs to study that hard for a freshman Bio class, the classes get harder, enjoy the easy ones while you’ve got em’.

IMG_0903Of course I would let sophomore-self in on some information too. I would strongly suggest making friends with the girl living next door, as she won’t be returning for a senior year. You know that job you’re considering taking at the ice cream stand? It’ll lead you towards great and silly friends, but for the love of all things UMD, don’t eat so much ice cream! (though kudos on slowing down with the pizza). Do something you bump on a log! Make an effort in more than your studies, don’t forget to live and smile and laugh and keep those tears hidden because you still miss your cat.

IMG_2058I don’t know if my present self would do so much talking junior year. The first semester, I may encourage past Katy to hit the gym every now and again, but mostly, I’d sit back and smile watching me discover my love of university soccer, find my passion for spreading awareness of domestic violence, get involved in the department of resident life and dining services, and create lasting and meaningful friendships. But I would definitely plant the idea of creating a stupendous and life-altering blog that has the possibility to reach out and touch the lives of hundreds of people, instead of scribbling on this snot rag of a journal.

[This time machine business is all assuming, of course, that if I went back in time I would find a way to reach out to my past self in a way that doesn’t interfear with the space-time continuum and cause catastrophic doom to myself and the planet as a whole. But, as I’ve passed Comm 400, I’m sure that I can manage time travel.]

As far as my last semesters go, I would absolutely love to take a trip into the future to see what awaits my senior year. Personally, I hope it involves being actively engaged in the campus community, constant exercise, a winning soccer team, a plan for my future career, a successful Terp Thon, and time spent hanging out with both old and new friends. Oh, and also good grades if I’ve got some free time on my hands.

Though, before I turn in my time machine, I’d like to take it for a spin back to my high school days to impart some wisdom onto teenage Katy. First words of wisdom, regarding that boy you’ve got a crush on…

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15 thoughts on “By Chance, Do You Have a Time Machine That I Could Borrow?

    • The problem is having too many plans after graduation. I’m undecided as to getting a full time job, attending grad school, moving in with my boyfriend for his last year of grad school, and possibly possibly traveling somewhere. It changes on a daily basis haha

  1. Good advice to the young Katy, and to college students in general! It’s so nice that you realize how very fun college can and should be–too many people look back with regrets!

  2. What a fun post. Looking back and wondering what you would say. Looking ahead and wondering what you will do. College was a lot like that for me as well (I’m much older than you, and a mom now!). But of course I remember those days — they are some of the most vibrant in one’s life, and I’m happy you are enjoying them, and also taking the time to wonder. Here’s to another great year!

  3. So you’re supposed to attend just one school, take just one program, and stay until you graduate? So THAT’S what I did wrong…… :p
    When you’re done can I use the time machine?

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this. College can be fun and unfortunately has to end or fortunately ends for some of us (me), but Do not fret. I feel there are even better times ahead for you.

    • Thank you so much for those kind words. I’m a bit worried since I feel that I’ve really come into my own while being at college, but it’s the person that makes a life, not the life that makes the person, and I’m hopeful for the future!

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