By the time you read this, a new chapter of my life has already begun: college. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is in fact my Northwestern University Move-In Day!
I can honestly say that as I’m writing this, feelings of nervousness and excitement are rushing over me at just the thought of moving my things in and being on my own. The only thing keeping me sane during these last few days is one thing…my wonderful support system.
Now, a support system can mean many things to different people. To me a support system consists of those whom help guide you along your journey, whatever that may be. My support system is a diverse bunch: an encouraging boyfriend, a tech savvy uncle, thoughtful grandparents and most of all my loving and motivating parents. Without these people in my life, transitioning into this new chapter would not be as easy. I’d be a nervous wreck, trying to figure out the things I need, whether I chose the right major, etc. But thankfully, as I said, I have a support system that helps me manage these feelings of nervousness, doubt, and moreover, excitement. It is because of this wonderful group of people that I am able to say with confidence that, academically and socially, I am going to do great in college.
Having said that, I look forward to what lies ahead because I know my support system will guide me down the path God has laid before me and should I ever veer from that path, they will help and advise me in order to find my way back.
How do you define a support system? And how do they support you?
Victoria Contreras, as of today a freshman at Northwestern University, served as an intern with Women of the ELCA this summer.
Photo by Gabriela Contreras. Used with permission. Victoria is pictured while dorm shopping.