October 04, 2013
Editor comes to terms with senior yearSix simple letters. Three vowels and three consonants, but many meanings.
Senior can be a source of joy, as in "I'm glad I'm finally a senior," or come with a sense of pride or accomplishment.
For me, well, I fall in-between.
I'm not quite sure how to feel when I hear the word senior uttered after my name or see an email asking students to pick a time for senior portraits.
Part of my brain screams to see what "the real world" has to offer a central Pennsylvania native whose long list of experiences outside of his comfort zone begins and ends with three months spent in Washington, D.C.
However, I always find myself trying to reign in those thoughts of leaving the comforts of Northumberland and Snyder counties and realize that I should be savoring the last few months I have of relative freedom before the job market closes in.
When I think of all of the experiences I've had because of Susquehanna, I'm torn between smiling at the memories and becoming emotional, wishing that I could have those days back.
My former high school principal would always say during class meetings to make the most of your time in high school as those four years would be the best four of your life.
While high school was great, maybe it is possible to have a best eight years. It took me until the fall of my final year at Susquehanna to realize the meaning of what my principal was saying to a group of impressionable teenagers four years ago.
Simply cherish the time you have at Susquehanna, whether you are a first-semester first-year finding your niche or a senior worrying over a capstone class and reminiscing on what it was like as a first-year.
Okay, maybe that last part's just me.
These past three-and-a-quarter years have flown by. Countless tests have been stressed over, life-long friends have been found and memories have been made that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
When I arrived at Susquehanna as a first-year, I was simply hoping to be able to write for the student newspaper and figuratively come out of my shell.
What I didn't realize at the time was that The Crusader would help me to find my future career path after coming in unsure of whether journalism was the right avenue to pursue.
Aside from a career path, the newspaper has helped me to find myself. I've never been the type of person who is open with my feelings, and I've been able to express myself through writing.
Whatever your passions or interests are, go for them. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and experience something new.
Four years at Susquehanna will fly by, and before you realize it, you'll be in my shoes, wondering how to make the most of your last few months.
While the fact that this is the last go-round for me will likely not sink in until I walk across the stage at graduation, I am already starting to think about the emotions that will come in May.
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