Time has flown by fast. It seems like just yesterday that I was a freshman from across the country, eager to grow up and have new experiences. Never would I have guessed back then that I would become the person I am today and meet people that I cannot imagine my life without. Many of my posts this past year have been me reminiscing about what used to be and what could have been while trying to make the most of each day. With this being my last post for 186 South College, I wasn’t sure how to wrap up all of my experiences into one short blog post. If I were to write a post about everything that has happened since I first came to UD, it would be the size of a book. So, instead of that, I want to give one piece of advice to current graduates, future graduates, and anyone else who needs it.
It’s okay to not know what you are doing.
As someone who doesn’t have a job offer yet, who doesn’t know where they’re moving to after May, my life feels uncontrollable. I used to be the person who had a five-year or ten-year plan in mind for everything that I was doing. While I know a little bit of what I want to accomplish and have an idea of a plan for a couple of years from now, it is hard to truly picture my life outside of college. It’s scary to not know what the direct future holds. It feels like I’m approaching a dark cave without being able to see the exit.
But while this is scary, I also feel like my possibilities are endless. Nothing is holding me back from becoming whatever kind of person I want to be. Maybe I will get a position that will change my mind about my career. Maybe I will move to a city and meet the love of my life. Maybe it isn’t that big of a deal, but there is so much that is unexpected that anything can happen. As scared as I am, it also makes me excited to know that there are so many great things that will be coming my way that I don’t know about yet.
Of all the things I have learned throughout my past four years, learning how to slow down and enjoy the process is single-handedly the most important lesson I have learned. I am going to miss so many small things in my day-to-day life here. Sitting in Dunkin’ for hours on end working on schoolwork. Grabbing a Newark Deli & Bagels cinnamon raisin bagel on my way to class. Walking to chapter with my best friends. Reading a good book on the Green during a warm day. Even just writing for the Honors blog is something I will greatly miss. I could never have imagined my life to be the way it is now, nor would I want to imagine it any other way.
Four years go by quickly, and while the future may feel unknown, all of the wonderful little things that have happened in college were also unknown at one point. So, if you’re still worried about what’s to come, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Stay excited for the wonderful memories that are yet to be.
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- “Crippling Ambition” by Shayna Demick - May 16, 2022
- “A Word of Advice” by Brittany Connely - May 12, 2022