Onward and upward

As we draw near the end of the school year, I’ve been reflecting on this past year. 

I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot. I’ve met so many amazing people and have made some awesome memories. There were some tough times and learned some hard lessons.

Despite it all, I regret nothing. And I believe that is one of the best feelings in the world: to know I gave my all.

I’ve made decisions I believe will benefit my future, and I’m starting to see my hard work pay off. I really want to continue on to bigger and better things. I hope that you, whomever you may be, want to do the same for yourself.

This school year, I’ve learned that self-reflection can be extremely beneficial. I’ve learned that I have to make time for myself. I’ve learned that I can’t please everybody no matter how hard I try. I’ve learned that I have to cut toxic people out of my life, even if it’s painful.

I have to move onward with my life.

I encourage you to reflect on your life and ask yourself what changes you can make or what you can continue to do that will propel your life forward with positivity.

What will help you get closer to where you want to be with your goals and life?

What will help you move onward with your life?

I hope that this summer can be a period of happiness and memories and growth for all of you. And, no, you’re never too old to continue growing. It’s never too late to make changes.

I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone because nothing extraordinary ever occurs in your comfort zone. I challenge you to move onward and upward with your life. And I hope that you don’t back down from that challenge.

Rachel Astleford is a nutrition and dietetics major and can be reached at [email protected].