A Letter For All the Graduating Seniors:

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It’s finally here - the moment we have been dreading since we walked in our dorm rooms on the first day of our Freshman year. For most of us, graduation is in just under 30 days. The past four years have flown by, and now it’s time to face the reality that some time soon, we will be released into the real world to use all of the knowledge we (should have) gained during our time away at college.

All of my life, I have been told that college will be the best years of my life, and now that it is coming to the end, it is hard to feel at peace about what the future might hold.

Most of us have spent the last four years being completely on our own for the first time in our lives. Between all the binge drinking, concerts, frat parties, music festivals, bar-hopping, and making new friends in crazy or unexpected places, it is hard to think that the social life we have at the tips of our fingers will be coming to an end.

Thinking about being out of college is a hard pill to swallow, but the future is actually brighter than it has ever been before. It is time to take the things you have learned and keep moving forward, while constantly improving yourself. I do not think right now is a time to be scared - rather, we should be more excited about life’s opportunities than ever.

We have 4 years of college experience - besides the knowledge we learned in class, we have learned street smarts, communication skills, and above all, we have learned who we truly are. I cannot speak for everyone, but I know that I have grown more as an individual in college than I have at any other point in my life. Learning to live away from home forces us out of our comfort zone, and makes you become a highly independent individual.

It is no lie that the real world is intimidating. The thought of having to get a job, move out of your parents house, and possibly move away from your friends and family is a scary thought for some of us. But the truth is, at this point in our lives, and anything is possible at this point. The world is our oyster, and the possibilities are endless. You can do what you want, be who you want, and finally take life into your own hands.

I know that college has been some of the best years of my life, but I am not afraid that all of the fun and all of the adventures have to stop now. We are smarter, we are stronger, and we have a whole life ahead of us to do more of the things that we never have done.

Graduating college is one of the biggest accomplishments we will ever make in our lives. I am excited to be able to say, “I made it.” There will be no more homework or mental breakdowns over assignments or exams, and there is time to get our lives truly in order. Four years full of laughs, tears, mistakes, and adventures have brought us to this very moment and made us the person we are today.

So when you walk up to that stage and grab your diploma, hold your head up high and stand tall. Be proud of yourself, but know that the best is still yet to come.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” - E.E. Cummings