Hi. My name is Sophia, but my nickname is Sunny.
Some people, when I say this, will say, "Oh my goodness, that name is so pretty! Why would you want to change it?" well, I just feel more like Sunny. But don't get me wrong; I absolutely love the name Sophia.
So where did Sunny come from? I was named after my great-aunt Sandra, who also went by Sunny. I just loved the thought of that name/nickname. It sounds so bubbly, happy, and cheery, which is who I am. I am an overall happy person (disregarding my past mental illnesses, which sometimes creep up and make me a little down and out). Senior year of high school, I went through a big change, but I changed for the better. I just became an overall happy person. And, yes, it had 100% to do with the fact that I was finally graduating; high school was not my cup of tea.
Everyone told me college is a fresh start. You get to start over and make new friends, try new things, reinvent yourself. Since I went through that change in high school and was now a much happier, more positive person, I decided I needed a new nickname to suite my new outlook on life, thus Sunny. I remember I had my heart set on Emerson College, and when I went for the welcome day, I introduced myself as Sophia because I didn't have the guts to say Sunny. After the fact, I regretted it and told myself that the next place I went, I'd ask to be called Sunny. Well, orientation at URI rolls in and my mom drops me off outside the dorms with my suitcase. As soon as I walked into the lobby, someone asked my name and I said Sophia. She handed me a nametag and told me to wear it at all times. Finally, I forced myself to tell them that I'd like to be called Sunny. Yes, it is a self-proclaimed nickname.
From then on, I introduced myself as Sunny. Now I am Sunny. I still always get a bit anxious is during the first day of a new class, when the professor is taking attendance and, after they call my name, I have to awkwardly blurt out "please call me Sunny." I didn't enforce it enough my first semester, which ended up with half my classes calling me Sophia and the other half calling me Sunny. Since then I have learned my lesson and this semester everyone calls me Sunny. It's a bit awkward, though, because a few friends I made in the classes that called me Sophia still refer to me as that. I just brush it off, though.
The sun never stops shining, sometimes you just have to look beyond the clouds to see it.
And that is how I came to be known as Sunny, and why I decided to go by a nickname in college.
Lead Image: Sunny Davis' Instagram (@sunnydavis917)