Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Do-Over Moment

Do you ever have moments or memories in your life that if given the opportunity, you would do-over. Maybe you would change who you were with. Maybe what you did. Maybe you wouldn't do it at all. Whatever it may be, when you recall that certain day or moment, you focus on what you would have done differently. And then you imagine it differently. What it could have been like.

For me, my do-over moment was my freshmen year of college.

Now, this may be a hard one to understand. Difficult to wrap your head around. It may even be difficult to explain for me. Mainly? Because of the fact that it was one of the best years of my life.

That being said, you might in return ask,
 "why on earth would anyone want to re-do the best year of their life?"

Great question.
Because after all, it was the year that I met Andrew. My best friend. The love of my life. The year I fell in love, and knew this would be the man that I would marry.

It was also the year that I lived life to the fullest. I did things for me. And me only. I made the first big "adult" decisions. And with my parents being a 100 miles away... I felt freedom.

And freedom is great, when you know your limits.

Thats what brings me to my do-over moment. And by moment, I would say would be my freshmen year. Specifically, my first semester. Before I met Andrew, before my life would change forever.

The thing about it, in high school, I was always the straight A student. I was the one that focused on school, being perfect, and doing things the right way. On time.

In college? I was the opposite. I didn't care about grades. I didn't care about going to class. Doing things the right way on time was the last thing on my mind. My friends and having fun however? Was the first.

And although I am glad I was able to have fun and experience my first semester of college at the fullest, I do regret the fact that my grades suffered because of it.

As a result, by the end of the school year, I was forced to leave my sorority and even take out loans for school as a last resort from my parents. It was the big wake up call.

The rest of college went the right way. I got the great grades. I had my amazing husband. I was out with my wonderful friends. I experienced it to the fullest.

So although I can't get those first 5 months back. Although I can't change what I did or what I didn't do. I can't help but wonder how things may have turned out differently.....

A do-over moment. We all have them. Any that you would like to share?

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I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. Don't we all freak out a little when we get to college? I know for me it was an insane experience...having all that FREEDOM! It was so hard to focus on grades when there was such a social scene on campus. I would certainly do over my first college semester as well as the freshman 15 I gained as a result!

  2. I am in school last year till my BSW I am so tired of school, I gain and loose weight its crazy!


  3. I did the same thing! I skipped classand I even failed a class, a class I spend a thousand dollars on, stupid me!

  4. I think that might be the joy of being young. You get to make decisions and sometimes not the best but you hopefully learn from them.

    I always think that even the moments I am not the proudest of it is OK because I am who I am today. That wouldn't have happened if I hadn't made mistakes along the way.

  5. My first semester of college was at a private christian college in a dry county so there wasnt any partying for me; however I would still take a do-over. I played soccer for the school and instead of diving into friendships and meeting new people i became obsessed with my weight. I worked out like crazy and stopped eating. I spent all my time working out and lost 60lbs the first 3.5 months. I missed out on a lot of memories and ended up getting so stressed out after winter break i never went back for the second semester!

  6. Oh the college days. I am with you, I would probably redo some of my college years. I used to think those were the best times of my life, but having kids run pretty close.

  7. I did the same thing! My first year landed me on academic probation (GPA of 1.76) and I lost my only scholarship. So not only did I have to take out loans for the rest of my college career, that 1.76 haunted me for the next three years. Unlike you, though, I didn't do much better the last three years. I maintained a 2.5, but by my very last semester, it all CLICKED and I made the Dean's List. So, when people ask, I tell them I graduated with a 3.5. They don't have to know that I literally graduated with a 3.5 my LAST semester and that all of the rest were crap!


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