Live in the moment

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When I was a senior in high school, I was not a super spontaneous person. Sure, I loved to have fun and was up to trying new things, but I wouldn’t have called myself a spontaneous person. That all changed during my freshman year at Northwestern while I lived in Coly. During my two years in that beautiful building, there were so many times that someone would come into my room to see if I wanted to go do something random at 1 or 2 a.m., because, why not? And what I found was that these spontaneous adventures always led to a memory that I will never forget.

Take my sophomore year for example. It was past midnight on a cold Friday night in December, and a bunch of people were hanging out in Coly. We decided to put on our coats and drive over to the Dutch Bakery for some donuts. We took two cars since we had a good amount of people going, and when we got there, there were only a few people inside. We grabbed a few donuts and sat inside for a bit, talking about the end of the semester and the beginning of the Christmas season. Roughly 30 minutes passed until we all got up and walked out to the cars, but for some reason, a few of us kept walking over to the park across the street from the bakery. Everyone else followed and we just played on the playground for bit–that is until someone threw a snowball. At that point, it was on.

We all began to somehow form teams and for an hour, we had a huge snowball fight through downtown Orange City! We ran everywhere throughout the park and downtown without any care or worry in our minds. All we could do was enjoy the moment we had in front of us and have one amazing snowball fight.

To this day, every single person who participated in that late-night run to donuts that somehow evolved into a snowball fight remembers all of the fun we had that night. Not only do we all still remember it, but we will never forget it.

As you embark on your first year in college, be spontaneous. When friends ask you to go to La Juanita’s at 1 a.m., go without hesitation. If someone comes into your room to see if you want to play Ultimate Frisbee on the campus green at 11 p.m., do it. And if a huge group of people decide to head downtown for a late-night donut, tag along, because you just might make a memory that will last a lifetime.