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How I Made it Through to Senior Year

Posted on 4/16/2021 2:31:57 PM by Evarlyne Ndeti

It's getting close to graduation day, and you are probably wondering what the seniors did to get this far. We, too, are amazed at how far we have come and how fast time has passed.

I want to tell you about some of the best events and activities that I participated in that contributed to where I am today. I have enjoyed my four years at Cabrini, and I will never forget all that I have done and all that I have received. Being at Cabrini has given me a lot, and I am so blessed to have Cabrini University as a stepping stone into my future.

As a freshman, I had some doubts about how I would ever make it to becoming a senior and graduating. I set aside all my worries and fears and left my comfort zone. This increased my confidence and reduced my doubtful thoughts. I am truly blessed to have been surrounded by wonderful people ever since day one. A special thanks to Sister Christine Marie and Sister Grace, who have done a tremendous job helping me through my college journey in a wonderful way. I also want to send lots of love and gratitude to everyone who has contributed to my learning, growth, experiences, and enjoyable times here at Cabrini.

Photo with Sister Christine and Sister Grace

Maybe you're wondering how I made it through as an international student and someone whose native language is not English. I believe that I have made it through only by God's grace. I have had many ups and downs, homesickness, and challenges. Still, none of these obstacles prevented me from being where I am. It has been a challenging but enjoyable journey, and I find it unbelievable that this is my last semester.

Sister Christine Marie has inspired me a lot with her words, "take it easy." Ever since I was a freshman, whenever I shared with her how overwhelmed I was with my assignments, she would advise me to "take it easy," and that's what I have been doing. Relaxing and taking it easy has smoothed the way and eased my journey at Cabrini. Taking it easy, surrendering everything to God, and putting all my trust in Him has done wonders. These simple ways have allowed me to learn about myself and others while enjoying life to the fullest. 

If you are a student finding it hard to accept all the obstacles that come along with being in college or finding it hard to get rid of doubtful thoughts, I've got some advice for you - relax, take it easy, and come up with your own plan that will help you understand yourself, understand others, and enable you to enjoy life to the fullest. 

Here is how I made it happen, and I hope that it will help you:

1. Continue Dreaming

Have a conversation with yourself about where you are heading and what it takes to get there. Each semester, I have been writing down some goals and trying to keep my mind focused on achieving them. Many are the times, I have failed to fulfill the goals, but I have continued to dream. 

2. Do Your Thing

What are some things that you enjoy most? Continue to do them because they are definitely a great help. I have enjoyed going to Mass every day, and I made it a priority. This has helped my spiritual growth very much. Participating in different events on campus has helped me get out of my comfort zone and has helped me make so many friends and gain so much. What are your favorites?

3.Reflect on Yourself

You are who you are. You are what you do, what you think, and how you feel. Over the last four years, I have been reflecting upon myself a lot. If you start reflecting upon yourself, you will find strength and new energy to move on.

With friends on campus

4.Why Are You at Cabrini?

I know the reason for my being here at Cabrini, which has helped keep me on track. It would have been easy for me to sit back and relax and neglect my assignments, especially on weekends, but because I came here to study and work hard, I have used weekends to study, do assignments, and work hard to accomplish my main purpose for being here.

5.Take the First Important Steps

Take one step at a time. As a freshman, you may remember me as being very quiet. I couldn't hold a conversation for more than a minute. I didn't know what to say or what questions to ask. I took things one step at a time and tried to go easy with myself by admitting that it was okay to learn first about a new culture and then move on. This has made me a very outgoing person. Take important steps one at a time.

I hope that the five steps I have presented are helpful for your own growth and development. Now I am at a point in my life that I can look back and smile, perhaps even laugh, at the mistakes I made over the past four years. I have learned, and I have grown through them. I have learned about life as a student and, more importantly, about life itself. I am proud of all that I have accomplished, and I am grateful to God and to everyone who has helped me along the way.

Thank you so much, and God bless you!