April 25, 2014
Graduating senior gives advice to rising studentsAs I sit here and write this, I know damn well there's at least 30 to 40 other things I should be doing that are more important.
But, hey, I've only got 18 days (by the time of print, this number will be even less) left on this campus as a college-undergrad.
Why not procrastinate for 60 minutes of the more than two million minutes I've been enrolled as a full-time student and write an editorial that 500,000 minutes ago, I never would have believed I would be writing.
In high school, I was always that go-getter, honors student that had to have his cake and eat it too.
If there was a club to join or a way to help, I was one of the first in line. I would overload my proverbial plate with all the honors and AP courses I could muster (or at least the ones I knew I stood a chance of not failing).
In my head, during those final days leading up to high school graduation, there was no doubt that this streak of success, both extra-curricular and academic, would continue.
I'm not going to lie, over the last four years, I've had my fair share of academic overloads.
I've taken all the right classes at all the wrong times and over exerted myself more than once.
That being said, I wouldn't take back a single moment of those last few years.
Whether it was my first journalism assignment for my Intro to Journalism class or getting up in front of my entire theatre class portraying Shakira the She Wolf in our own interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood, I can say that I took away some form of educational value from every one of my classes.
For me, the last four years have been more guided by the learning that took place outside of the classroom.
These lessons have proven themselves to be the ones that I'm more inept to carry with me past-graduation in whatever I accomplish.
These are the lessons I want to bestow upon all of you reading this editorial right now.
Whether you're a first-year student still discovering who you are or a rising senior, I hope that you will take away something that will make the rest of your years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds here at Susquehanna something to remember.
Say No! -- For those go-getters out there like myself, don't worry; the world will still keep spinning if you say no to taking on an extra shift at Charlie's or if you can't complete 95 percent of a group project on your own.
As humans, we can only take on so much before we add that final straw that broke the camel's back.
It is nice to get sleep every once in a while in between all your schoolwork and wild nights out.
Liberate Yourself and Open Up -- For those of you that know me a bit more personally than others, you may find it hard to believe that there was a time when I was shy and quiet.
I'm not quite sure how, but that summer in between freshman (yes we were still called that then) and sophomore year that all changed.
I guess you could say I had come into my own and had solidified my own beliefs, and damn it, I was ready to share them with the world (even with those who weren't so willing to listen).
Ultimately, learning to speak up and have my voice heard made for better conversation both inside and outside the classroom and with that came a sense of peer respect for openly addressing my viewpoints in such a diverse setting.
Take Risks in Academia -- College isn't private school anymore. Yes, we may all be here to achieve our goals and earn our respective degrees, but that doesn't mean everything has to be so copy and paste.
I guess I sort of latched on to this idea back in my senior year of high school when I took a risk with Susquehanna, it being the only college I initially applied to.
Taking artistic risks with your works and going above and beyond the professor's guidelines for an assignment, and adding your own personality and flair to it can be greatly beneficial to learning about yourself.
It's Okay To Not Be a Fortune Teller -- If I told you I had the rest of my life figured out right now, I'd be lying.
Hell, I probably can't even tell you what I'm going to be doing next week.
Surprisingly, being that kid that tends to over-analyze and worry too much about deadlines and the next steps in the process, I've come to terms with not knowing what my future holds quite easily.
Yes, I'll admit it can be a bit frightening to see all your friends and peers posting their post-graduate plans on social media, but at least for me, not knowing what my next big move is actually makes the idea of the future that much more exciting.
Yeah, I may not have anything decided, but I'm not putting myself into a closed box.
I'm keeping all my options open.
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