I wanted to take a minute to remind you that you are not alone. I know I did not provide clarification on what “not alone” means, but I am getting there. I wanted to speak about the topic of friends. I know that those that are coming to LCC International University might have a fear of not making friends. It is something that many of us struggle with. Rejection, loneliness, and fear haunt us all. Let me state this as clear as possible, no matter if you are a Freshman coming into college for your first year or you are the Erasmus or Study Abroad student coming for a semester. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We all get scared, but I am here to tell you that the community at LCC International University is nothing, but inviting and warm. All of the people you meet here ranging from your roommates to your professors are people that will impact your life forever. You hear throughout different moments of your life that there are relationships that last a lifetime and you can find those people here. I know I have. Take the chance, face the fear and start a conversation with someone new. You may come into the program with the idea that these are only four months and they are short term, so what is the point of making friendships? Please, do not cloud your mind or block out the opportunities that could be placed in front of you. One of the first things they told us when we first got here was to always say YES to something, anything that someone offers or suggests. If your roommate asks for you to take a day trip to Kaunas and you skip a class or two, know that it is okay. Grades matter, yes, I understand that. But, at the same time please remember that you have one life and one chance to make an impact on someone’s life. Do just that, be in the moment. The here and now. Laugh a lot and live each day with the hope of adventure. The people you surround yourself with makes a big impact on how much you will laugh and love the environment you are in. Remember that.
Lots of Love. Continue to Change the World!