Has anyone ever heard of the saying, “All good things must come to an end”? Unfortunately, I now know this phrase all too well and I have been forced to experience it first hand. It seems like just yesterday it was my freshmen move-in day at Marist College. I still remember the excitement I felt while meeting my roommate for the first time, the bittersweet feeling I had while saying goodbye to my family, and the disbelief I felt when President Murray said look around because in this room is your future wedding party. Everyone always said it will go bye in a blink of an eye, but I didn’t believe that until three short years later, as I was entering my senior year or should I say senior semester. Since September, people have been asking me, “Hey, aren’t you graduating this semester?” And my response has been, “Shhhh don’t say the G-word,” but the truth is, on December 16, 2011, I will be a Marist Graduate whether I am ready to leave or not.
At first I was nervous about graduating early, leaving the place I have called home for the past three and a half years, leaving school before most of my friends and not knowing what lies ahead. However, I have learned a lot about myself since beginning freshmen year and I believe I have grown into an assured and educated adult, who is confident enough to say that this has been a remarkable chapter in my life story but I have many more pages to fill. Currently, all of my graduate school applications have been submitted and with any luck (fingers crossed) I will be starting a new chapter of my life at an institute for genetic counseling next fall. I cannot say that I am no longer nervous about graduating, but I have amazing friends who have already offered for me to stay with them on the weekends that I can come up and visit next semester and an extraordinary family that has supported me during the grueling graduate school application process. No one knows what lies ahead, but then again, I guess that is part of the fun in life. I didn’t know what was in store for me the first day I started my freshmen year at Marist College and I don’t know what awaits for me after graduation, but if it is anything like the past few years I think I am going to be just fine!
So, thank you Marist College, for the education I have earned, the friendships I have made, and the self-confidence I have gained. It’s been real, but now it’s time for me to move on in order to make room for the next person; to whom I say, make memories that you will forever treasure and experience college the way you wish, so when it’s time to leave, you can look back on it with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Good Luck and Congratulations to the Class of 2012.