This Time Last Year

I’m just started my junior year of college. Halfway through. It’s all so surreal to me. This time last year, I was getting ready for the upcoming semester and filled with fear. My major’s application was posted, and even though I had 6 months to complete it, I was a nervous wreck. My whole life depended on this application – no, really. My career. My 5 year plan (of course I have one of those). My future path. Everything.

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Now, I’m accepted into the program. With a tiny, TINY acceptance rate, I wasn’t feeling confident. I checked my school email everyday, waiting to see a message that decided my fate. At the beach with my family, I opened my inbox to see a “Congratulations!” and my next steps as a Public Health major. I cried.

This time last year, I was getting ready to throw myself into a new job; a nannying job that required me to wake up before the sun and work until it was almost set. I would be working with two boys, 4 and 2, who would change my life forever. I was settling into their routine, learning their schedules, and loving them tirelessly.

Now, I had to say goodbye to those two sweet boys in order to have more time for my major. I’ve accepted an internship with a health alliance that allows me to network and build a community around what I’m passionate about: teen pregnancy prevention. I’ll be working as a mentor, speaking to high school and middle school girls about the importance of having goals, keeping them, and believing that you have a future no matter where you come from.

This time last year, I was bored. I was sick of seeing the same old, same old. I was tired of my hometown. Tired of my home state. So, so eager to leave and get away, no matter where.

Now, I’m a month back from a trip to Africa, where I climbed the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Nothing compares to the feeling of looking out in the distance and seeing nothing but sky and nothing but space. Nothing compares to the time spent alongside a Maasai tribe. Nothing compares to the unconditional love that I felt, radiating towards me, filling my soul with goodness and restoring my faith.

This time last year, I was a shitty friend. I stretched myself thin. I chose boyfriend over girl friends. Constantly. I said yes too many times. To everything.  I didn’t say no when it mattered the most. I didn’t stand up for myself when it mattered the most. I was a doormat. I was pretty blind. Now, I’m surrounded by close friends who love me and support me no matter what.

So I just started my junior year of college. The last two years have been bittersweet, and sometimes more bitter than the latter (if I can be honest), but I’m looking forward to this next one. I’m looking forward to taking classes and talking with teachers about what I love, traveling anywhere and everywhere on a whim, and hugging my friends every chance I get. If college so far has taught me anything, even if it’s cliche, it’s taught me to hold on to who you’ve got and live in the moment, because you’ll blink and you’ll all be off in different directions, wondering where time went.

Happy school year, y’all. This is gonna be good.

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  • mckenna bleu

    Your pictures are beautiful! Good luck with your junior year of college! 2 more to go!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Congratulations on getting accepted to your program! I hope your junior year goes insanely well!
    -Anna |

  • Congratulations girl! It sounds like this year is off to a much different start than last! happy that you’ve grown and are able to reflect on the past in a positive way!

    Rachel |

  • Congrats lovely lady!! So happy for you that you got into your programs!!

  • This was a great post . . .your smile made me smile. Congrats girl!

    Life is just Rosie

  • These pictures are beyond gorgeous! I love the colours in them!
    It sounds like you’re about to have an amazing year and I hope it will be! Good luck with everything Savannah 🙂

    x Val

  • Bryn Doubledee

    Beautiful post, and I love all the pictures. Good luck this school year–you’re gonna do great!

    Bryn || The Wine Chronicles

  • It sounds like you have so many exciting things to look forward to this year! Congrats hun and good luck with everything!


  • Such a great post – sounds like you have an amazing year ahead of you! PS hope you enjoyed Africa – I went to Tanzania in 2012 and spent some time among the Maasai as well. It was such an amazing trip!
    XO Amanda |

    • Savannah Ward

      No way!! Yes, I absolutely loved my trip. It was incredible. Do you have any posts on your time there? I’d love to read!

  • Wow your pictures are gorgeous. This was a really great post. Congrats on getting into that program and good luck with the rest of everything!

    Kirsten –

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you so much! <3

  • Totally understand the anxiety of everything riding on your major. I’m sure this semester/school year will be amazing!

    Alix |

  • I love this post and I’m so excited to see where this year takes you. And I’m aways here to talk if you ever need it.

    PS: love the blog’s new look 😉

    Kayla |

  • Molly O’Connor

    I love this! Sounds like you’ve really got your head on straight. It’s important to acknowledge when to say no and what friends really matter!

  • Loved reading this post Savannah! So excited to see what this year brings you.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Christina

    Savannah this post was so honest and heartfelt- I LOVED IT. I’m excited to see where this next year takes you because you sound like you’re growing up into a remarkable woman!

    xo, Christina

  • Cat

    This is a great reflection 🙂 It’s crazy to think of where you are today compared to a year ago. Doesn’t it just feel like our priorities (and fears) are always changing?! You’re halfway through your college experience, so enjoy every second of it!

  • Good luck with your junior year! You’re definitely gonna rock it!

  • These pictures are GORGEOUS! I love this honest reflection.

  • I love this, Savannah… so beautiful and heartfelt! It’s crazy how much you can change in just a year’s time. I’m just starting my senior year of college, so what you said about holding onto who you’ve got and living in the moment before it’s all over and you’re all off in different directions really resonated with me. Here’s to an awesome year!

    Stephanie |