Advice to Graduating Seniors

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Story by Opinion Editor Grace VanHaitsma

As graduation season approaches, we get ready to say goodbye to our campus that has become our home the last several years. As a senior this year, I understand that this season can be difficult. It has definitely felt like this year has gone by too fast, as I try to enjoy every moment. As I end my last year of my undergraduate degree, I thought I would give some advice to graduating seniors. 

It makes sense to feel uneasy about your future, especially at the collegiate level. Entering the professional world can be hard. My first piece of advice is to understand that you don’t have to have it all figured out immediately. It’s okay to take things at your own pace and take a break when you need it. It’s okay to not attend every single lecture and if you turn in an assignment late, take a deep breath. You don’t need to have every single thing figured out immediately. 

Secondly, and most importantly, enjoy your time with your friends when you have it. Cherish every moment. Sit in the hammocks outside when the sun is out and run to Jersey Junction even though you hate running and feel like your chest is enclosing. Go to the dining hall and don’t care about the people staring because your laugh is too loud. Enjoy every moment that you have left, so that you can remember them forever. You’ll only be in college once, so it’s important to savor every second.