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4 Reflections from a Graduating Senior


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For those of us who go to a university that has a semester calendar, graduation is upon us. If you’re an underclassman, then you’re probably celebrating the end of the school year, but if you’re graduating like I am, then this time is full of mixed emotions. I’m feeling proud and privileged to be graduating, excited for my life in a new city and for my career to begin. However, I’m also sad to be saying goodbye (for now!) to my friends and to the city where I’ve spent the last four years.

So, with all these emotions, it’s necessary to reflect on my college career in order to sort through my thoughts and prepare to graduate into the next phase in life. Here are four reflections of my thoughts on the last four years – I hope you find them useful and encouraging!

1. I’m glad I took my classes seriously.

I really tried hard to always pay attention during my classes, and I believe it paid off. Not only was it easier to study when a test came around, but I actually absorbed the information for the long haul. Believe it or not, the skills and information I learned during my classes are already becoming useful as I pursue other things outside of college life.

2. I’m glad I got involved.

While I wasn’t as involved with campus life as some students are, I’m really glad I siezed the opportunities that I did. Universities offer countless clubs and activities to be involved with that not only beef up your resume but also give you the opportunity to meet new people. For example, I wrote and worked for our student-run newspaper, I worked with the on-campus literary journal, plus I worked at one of the campus coffee shops where I met every coffee addict on campus.

In addition to these, I also tried to regularly attend lectures and events hosted in the evenings. While I was never required to go to these, I often went to support my friends or simply because I was interested in the topic – and I’m so glad I did! These events were where I was exposed to so many new things and where tons of great conversations were started.

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3. I’m glad I lived both on and off campus.

There are good and bad things about both living on and off campus, and I’m so thankful that I got to experience both. Living on campus is convenient and perfect for establishing a community of friends during the awesome craziness that is freshman year. I met some of my closest friends in my freshman hall, and I’m so glad we had that time together living in cramped quarters and living off of cafeteria food.

On the flipside, I’m also thankful that I spent my final two years of college living in a house with five other girls and experiencing the incredible freedom and responsibility that comes with living away from campus. And trust me, there’s a vibrant off-campus community, too!

If you have the opportunity, I would highly encourage you to live in both settings – there’s so much learning and growth that happens in each place, and I would never trade my experiences or the friendships I’ve made along the way.

4. I’m glad I chose a major that challenged me.

College is the time to pursue what you love, not necessarily what comes easily to you. I could have chosen to major in something that I was good at, but if I didn’t enjoy it, too, then it wouldn’t be as rewarding to complete my degree right now.

I’m so glad I chose to major in English, which pushed me to think in challenging new ways, to interact with texts that I thought were far beyond my comprehension, and above all to experiment with different writing styles to extend the boundaries of what I believed I was capable of creating.

So, I would encourage you to study a field that you love and that will challenge you to grow. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as working hard on something you truly enjoy.

What do you think?

Are you graduating? What did you learn over your last years as a student? Please tell us! Are you an underclassmen? What are you wondering about from the perspective of someone who’s graduating? Ask away! I’d love to engage in a conversation with you!

Posted on on May 11, 2013 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , ,

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8 Responses to “4 Reflections from a Graduating Senior”

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    May 11th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    This is such good advice/tips for upcoming college freshman! I will be graduating from high school in a couple of weeks and I found this to be so very helpful!

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    May 12th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Its always nice to live on and off campus because you experience alot and you really have a complete feel of college life.

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    May 12th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hey, im graduating in end-june, so excited Can’t wait! Probably one of the things i’ll miss most is my friends and the adventures we had together, Pulling all nighters for hard papers and free styling the easy ones, Making decisions and feeling all grown up, Impromptu parties & cookouts with friends, meeting assignment &term papers deadlines, makeup sessions to relieve stress when you cant make deadlines, and ofcourse having collegefashion & other blogs bookmarked for those boring 4 hr long lectures/conferences-bad habit freshmen do not copy :) . Its not easy maintaining a good party-school balance but its well worth it to give your best- i got honors so yeey me!

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    May 12th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you :) I will be starting college in September and I’m thinking of doing an arts degree, with English being one of my subjects. What do you think you’ll be doing after college?

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    May 15th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Nice advices! I’m about to finish my second college year! College are meant to be enjoyed! So, dont miss a thing!

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    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Jenny! I can tell you a couple different things you could being doing with an English degree as that is what I studied :). I got a job as a copywriter for Nordstrom, and there are plenty of companies out there that need people to write for them. Especially with the growth of blogs, a lot of companies will hire someone to blog for them. For example, one of my friends was hired to blog for an engineering company. Alternatively, a lot of my friends are going into teaching, or are going to grad school (to either conduct research in their field or to teach at the collegiate level), or many are focusing on their writing and submitting their work for publication. Some are going into Marketing or Advertising, and some are traveling abroad to teach English. The opportunities are surprisingly endless :). Best of luck to you! And feel free to let me know if you have other questions :)

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    July 2nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Nice Collection ! ! !

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