>>> Four years ago, I was fresh-faced high school graduate ready for the new stage of life approaching me. As much as I loved high school, I was beyond ready for college and even more excited that I was accepted into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. I only knew a few people from high school going to college there and I was looking forward to a fresh start, to added freedom and responsibility, to “the best four years of my life.”
>>> Fast-forward four years and here we are today, right now. It’s all coming to an end. Today was my last day EVER as a college student at OU. My last day of my undergrad career. I have one week left in Athens, my safe haven and home for the past four years, before I start on the next chapter of my life. I shared my thoughts on finishing college here and wanted to share again:
“College student” has been a title and identity I have cheerfully accepted and wholeheartedly enjoyed the past three and half years. Regardless of vacations, breaks and internships, I’ve always known they are temporary. I’ll always have my safe haven of Ohio University to return to. In a few weeks, that won’t be the case!Although I am excited for new changes and transitions, it is a little scary. Life as a college senior has proved to be a whirlwind of questions and confusion, but with that–a jumble of excitement and opportunity. And that’s what I’m going to focus on. Rather than surround myself with fear of the unknown, I will surround myself with hope and excitement. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the last four years and I probably wouldn’t be looking for the same future opportunities that I’m pursuing now. College has been such a key time in my life to grow up and grow into the person I was created to be.
>>> I am not the same person I was when I first arrived to OU four years ago. Now that I’m leaving, I’ve been evaluating how I’ve changed over time: I’ve found friends that turned into family, confidence that doesn’t come overnight, and the tools to succeed professionally. I’ve embraced new cultures, new ideas, new people. I’ve never laughed harder and I’ve never cried more. I’ve been through many ups and downs, but all have left me a better person. Not only have I made best friends, I’ve made a best friend in myself as well and come to fully appreciate and respect myself.
>>>I can only describe my graduation as one word: bittersweet.
>>> The bitter part is obviously leaving my friends and my four years of absolutely hilarious and memorable times behind. I know I’ll never experience anything quite like the past few years and that’s hard to let go of. The sweet part is that the future is full of adventures, the next chapter of my life will be exciting and just as memorable. It’s a perfect mix of sadness and excitement. Although I am super excited to move to San Francisco to start my first job, I’m also sad that the college chapter of my life is coming to a close. Rather than deny my sadness, I’m just going to be. I’m going to just accept the moment I’m in and keep remembering just how