I wish summer wouldn't end, but also that it would.
This picture was taken outside of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. This summer has been amazing, but also very educational. I've gone on a few different vacations, and I've gotten to spend a lot of time with my family. I also got some experience working in a hospital as a patient transporter, but all of that is besides the point. This summer meant more to me than most people realize. My first year of college had many ups and downs. I struggled a lot personally. My first semester started off pretty horrible, but ended okay. My second semester started out great, but ended badly. My grades were surprisingly pretty average considering what I was going through at the time. I'd like to do better, and I plan to this year. I spent this summer focusing on myself, trying to learn how to be truly happy again. I took this time to understand and love who I am. I also had to learn to respect myself. I had to forgive myself for the mistakes I made in the past, and also forgive those who have hurt me to truly heal. I found that doing things that I love and that bring me true joy made me understand more of who I am. I just moved into my new apartment at school. Now I just have to wait a couple days for classes to begin. I'm hoping that all of the reflecting and healing I did over the summer continues through this year. I can't wait to see what my sophomore year of college holds.