Brenda TrevinoComment

back to basics

Brenda TrevinoComment
back to basics

2nd Year of College

It's the weekend before my first day back as a sophomore at UTRGV. I honestly couldn't feel more anxious to start. I love learning & stuDYING & meeting new people in class. So far, I've had almost a streak of great professors, I expect this year to be no different. Before every milestone in my life, I make it a habit to write down my goals & aspirations. Just recently, I visited my old middle school in Donna, TX to play catch up with my favorite teacher. My little visit turned into me guest speaking & motivating current 8th graders & sharing a bit of my experiences in college. Everything was happening so fast, I wasn't prepared, & I had the attention of so many youngsters eager for me to say something. I finally opened my mouth & from there onward, I didn't stop talking. I was sharing my experiences abroad, my tips on note-taking, how I survived high school, what friends really mean, how difficult it was for me to apply to colleges, how I received money to go to college for free, etc. I was being as sincere as I could with them & I felt like I was connecting with them on a personal level. I shared some pretty emotional memories from the 8th grade ( I even got a little teary-eyed) & I knew I had their attention at that point. I told them 

I was so insecure about myself & my body that I would let my own thoughts consume me at the beginning.

I was a very awkward kid growing up, sometimes I feel like I'm that same awkward girl, but I grew into myself & I grew to love myself. I told the students to never be mean to anyone! That we would all need from someone some day & that the not-so-cute girls/guys would blossom into leaders. I told them that most of the 'cool kids' I knew growing up got married young, pregnant, dropped out of college/high school, etc.