What My Sophomore Year Taught Me

So my sophomore year of college is over and I don’t know how I feel about it.

Without a doubt, these two semesters have been two of the wildest rides of my whole entire life. I had to learn how to stand on my own two feet. I wrote about how to love yourself. I applied to my major, one that has one of the lowest acceptance rates at my school – and got in! I was part of a protest that revolved around one of the biggest women’s health cases in history. I fell in love with my three roommates. I learned how to make tacos. I started to like how I look in a bikini. I figured out that a Sonic is only 6 minutes away. The important stuff.

Nothing could have prepared me for how I would feel at the end of this year. Its a mix of emotion – relief, sadness, excitement, but mostly the feeling of being proud.

My sophomore year taught me that it’s okay to be by yourself. Freakin’ bask in it, actually. Sing in the bathroom while you get ready by yourself. Have the lady at the drive through window at Arby’s know you by name because you go there so much…by yourself. Go grocery shopping by yourself. Study by yourself. It’s all good. It’s all okay. You’re actually pretty cool.

My sophomore year taught me that it’s okay to cry. At least I hope this is true, because I’ve cried a LOT. Two days ago I cried when I saw a commercial with a cute puppy. It only had three legs. Cue sobs. I cry every time my little sister posts on Instagram. 1, because she ALWAYS gets more likes than me, but mostly 2, because she’s growing up and that’s not okay. Last week I cried because I was planning a surprise party at the same time as finals. I sat in my closet on the phone with my mom and told her that my life sucks. I spent way too much money on balloons and I found confetti with my roommate’s name on it for $1. It was emotional.

Low point, people. Everybody has one.

In all seriousness, please don’t bottle up how you feel. It doesn’t do anybody any good. For my fellow college students, at the end of the semester our bodies are wondering how the hell we are still functioning, what the heck we are eating (pizza place nearby that’s open 4am), and how in the whole entire WORLD we are doing what we do. So if you have to have an emotional breakdown every once in a while, go for it.


My sophomore year has taught me that C’s get degrees. ReLAX, Papa, I’m not rolling in a puddle of average over here, but its true. Its okay if you get to college and its not as easy as high school. Its supposed to be a little harder, more challenging. Do your best, talk to your academic advisor as much as you can, and don’t forget to breathe. Sometimes I forget to do that and I start to almost hyperventilate, like my dog does when she meets new people. True story.

Finally, this year has taught me to soak it up. Soak it allllllll up. Because fast forward two more years to graduation and I probably won’t be in as nice as an apartment as I am right now and adulting will get a whole lot harder. I’ll have a whole slew of things to work through, like my job, where I’m going to live, which celebrity I’m going to obsess over, how long I can live off of ramen to afford HBO, how many times I can watch Beyonce’s concert on YouTube…the tricky shit.

I’ll be honest. It’s still weird to be living away from home. My family always seems so far away. It’s ever weirder being single, a title I haven’t had in two years. But this year has given me the confidence  I need to move forward and keep pushing.  God knows I needed that. Happy summer, y’all. I’ve been waiting!

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  • Love this! I just finished my sophomore year, too, and I think a lot of these are similar to things I’ve learned…minus the hot boys one, my campus definitely isn’t as blessed in that department hahaha.
    Love the pictures,too, sunflowers are so pretty! 🙂
    paige • eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Savannah Ward

      Hey Paige, thanks so much! I LOVE sunflowers, they’re my favorite! I found those pretty ones for only $3 at my local grocery store. Crazy. Happy Monday!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Hooray for just finishing sophomore year – I’m in the same spot! I made a lot of those same realizations this year, especially the hot guys one, haha! Have a fabulous summer 🙂
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Anna! And I’m glad someone else thinks the same! Have a great summer!

  • Yes yes yes to the it’s okay to be by yourself one. I spent the majority of my sophomore and junior years single and it was so rewarding to learn new things about myself and to learn to love myself even more.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Jenny! Your comments are always so sweet, I really appreciate your words! Happy Monday!

  • Congrats on finishing the year! And yes it’s okay to cry! Crying makes everything better a lot of the time!

    Laura | http://www.LauraWears.com

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Laura! I hope you had a great weekend! <3

  • Olivia Muller

    “there are a lot of hot boys” hahaha love that! Enjoy your last two years! It goes by soooo fast. I just graduated two weeks ago!


    Miss Olivia Says

    • Savannah Ward

      I mean…its true! They come out of the shadows in the spring, for sure 😛

      Happy Monday and congrats on graduating!

  • Good for you for applying and getting in! It’s so good to sit and reflect on where you’ve come in a whole school year! Xoxo Mindy

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Mindy! I was super nervous. I’m so glad my hard work paid off! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  • Such a great post! I just finished my junior year, and I’ve learned a lot of these very same things… especially that it’s okay to be by yourself and it’s okay to cry. Two things I definitely learned and did quite a lot this year… and that’s okay, because they can be good and healthy.

    Congrats on finishing your school year! Cheers to summer vacation, amiright?!

    Stephanie | Sincerely, Stephanie

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Stephanie! I agree…I did a lot of those two things this year. But I wouldn’t change anything! And YES. Freaking finally. Summer! Happy Monday, pretty girl!

  • Linda Plourde

    This is a great blog! We are so proud of you. What a wonderful picture of you. Such a beautiful face, great smile and wonderful heart. I love you granddaughter!!!!!!!!!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you so much Grandma! I love you so much! <3

  • C’s do get degrees lol!!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • Savannah Ward

      SO true though, right?! Happy Monday!

  • Love this! Beautifully put. So important to be yourself and just bask in it 🙂


    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Cristina! SO excited for your move! Can’t wait to hear more about it 🙂

  • I’m in love with your blog and design, it exudes beautiful, sunny vibes! So good to hear you’re doing awesome in the face of all of the challenges, such great advice too! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ “Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    follow for follow on bloglovin’? 😀

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you SO much Elizabeth! You don’t know how much that means to me — sunny is 100% my goal with this blog and I’m so glad you like it! Happy Monday, sweet girl! <3

  • It sounds like you had a great year and have a wonderful attitude. Is sophomore your first year? We don’t use those terms here in Canada.

    • Savannah Ward

      Sophomore is my second! Freshman is first. It goes Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior! I totally forgot you don’t say those terms! I went to Canada and stayed at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario for a conference and loved hearing how the different the school systems are.

  • I love this advice! Also, these pictures are gorgeous!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks Alana! I took some pictures for my roomie’s birthday and got in front of the camera for a couple of minutes 🙂

  • Ashley

    What a great post! It sounds like you had a pretty fabulous year! Congrats on finishing the year strong girl!

    xo Ashley

    • Savannah Ward

      Thanks so much Ashley! I’ve loved getting to know everyone in the blogging community and so thankful for endless support! <3

  • Loved this post, this advice is full of the truth. Sometimes you need to hear it from someone else, even if you already know it deep inside!

    • Savannah Ward

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I hope you’re having a great week! ♡

  • I know how much of a whirlwind this year has been for you, and it seriously almost brought me to tears reading about how much you’ve grown and what you’ve learned over this past year. You are such a strong person, and it’s amazing to read how you’ve stepped up and really embraced just being unapologetically yourself. And yes, it’s definitely okay to cry because I know I did my fair share of it this past year too. I’m glad we were both able to pull through it and be so much stronger on the other side of it all. Also, it’s incredible how many good-looking guys are around. Seriously, where did they all come from, and please, never leave haha. I hope this next year is even more incredible for you!!

    • Savannah Ward

      Oh my gosh, you are amazing. Thank you SO much for this sweet comment, I’ve had such a rough week and this made my day. I’m so glad we have been talking and working together to get through our separate obstacles! I truly believe we have both come out on top and I’m SO proud of both of us! I can’t wait to see where this summer and the next year takes you ♡

  • I just discovered your blog and you’re hilarious and I love you. I found this all very insightful considering I’m about to start my first year of college. Prayers would be appreciated bc idk what I’m getting into