My first semester was a journey, to say the least. It began wonderfully with making new friends and getting acquainted with my new people, my new life, and my new scholars program. I was happy and enjoying even the stressors of my first months of college. Then after a while, I started to face struggles. I broke my ankle, I fell into my anxiety and depression, and I shut myself away. Over the course of the semester, I rode the roller coaster of emotions. I struggled, I found happiness, but most of all, I survived. I came out with a 4.0 GPA that I was very proud of and I made the connections with my friends grow deeper. I am so thankful for my whole experience of my first semester. Even through the struggles, I learned and I grew and I am immensely thankful.