nut free nerd

thoughts of a nut allergic book lover

My First Year of College Is.. Over?!?!

My First Year of College Is... Over?!?!Why yes, it’s really me– I’m back!! Yesterday I moved out of my college dorm for summer vacation and it’s a strange, wonderful, and bittersweet feeling. Although I vividly remember August orientation like it was just the other weekend (so. many. icebreakers.) it also seems like I’ve been waiting an eternity for the end of second semester to finally arrive. These past few weeks have been insanely busy and stressful with final exams and all of the usual events that happen when the semester comes to a close. All I want to do now is lounge in the sun with a good book, spend time with my friends and family, finally finish watching Lost…

It’s strange to think that one year of college is already over and done. Next year there will be new freshmen walking around Wheaton’s gorgeous campus and experiencing its quirky traditions for the first time. They will feel lost and confused but also incredibly excited that this new chapter of their lives is finally beginning. While I’m grateful that I won’t have to experience that intense few weeks of facing the unknown again, it’s also a little frightening. I always thought that sophomores have their lives together and know what they’re doing, but as I near the beginning of my own sophomore year I realize that this is yet another misconception: not many people really know exactly what they’re doing. We’re all just doing the best we can to try to figure things out.


My freshman year of college had many ups and downs, as I’m sure most people’s do. I met a group of amazing friends that I’m endlessly grateful for, tried countless new things, and learned more both within and beyond the classroom than I ever expected. I went to Six Flags for the first time, visited the Richard Rodger’s Theatre in NYC, watched a total of 53 movies, and spent more time doing homework than I thought humanly possible. My professors were fantastic, and they’re honestly one of the things I think I’ll miss the most this summer– them and my friends, of course. Saying goodbye yesterday involved a lot of hugging, promising to stay in touch, and holding back tears.

When all is said and done, I wouldn’t trade my first year college experience for anything. I’ll miss freshman year dearly, but I’m also welcoming sophomore year with wide open arms. And let’s not forget what comes in between: SUMMER VACATION!

I’m looking forward to getting back on a regular blogging schedule. My fingers have been itching to type up all of my blogging ideas, so brace yourselves for a bunch of posts coming up soon!

Until next time!



P.S. Nut Free Nerd now has an Instagram! 


14 responses to “My First Year of College Is.. Over?!?!”

  1. Congrats on surviving your first year! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Welcome back!

    I can relate with that whole figuring-out-your-life thing. When I was 13 I assumed I’d feel more mature at 18; when I was 18 I assumed I’d feel more mature at 20; when I was 20… it just goes on and on and I don’t think I’ll ever figure it out, haha. I think most people probably experience the same thing, though. 😛

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s so true! I’m turning 20 in a few months and it’s an age that felt so far away when I was 12… yet here I am! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way, though. Thanks! 🙂


  3. Congratulations on your first year, Holly!!! Hope to see more of your posts soon 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!! 🙂


  4. I am going to be done with my freshman year at college in a week too. I can totally relate with each and every word.
    Looking forward to your amazing blog posts!
    Enjoy your Summer Break 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, and same to you! Best of luck with your last week of freshman year– we’ll have to chat at some point about our first year of college experiences! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. True that! I am definitely looking forward to it. I would be beyond glad to know about your college experiences. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  5. It sounds like you had some pretty amazing experiences and friends. I’m so glad you enjoyed your year and welcome back!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!! 🙂


  6. ahh well done on finishing your first year of college- here’s to a great second year!! 😀


  7. Hi holly
    I’m soo happy you got through the first year of college OK.I am 11 but you make me feel like an adult.i can’t wait to read all your next blog posts
    Keep up the amazing work
    And one more thing NEVER STOP BLOGGING !!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, thank you so much! That means a lot 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

About ME, Holly

former english major, current twenty-something book lover, allergic to nuts. drop me a line at or on instagram.


%d bloggers like this: