Unpacking Your Year

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By: Sarah Ha

Now that the school year has come to an end, it’s important to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everyone has their own personal experience, some better than others. It’s pretty common that we’ve all shared some great memories, probably procrastinated on a few assignments, and maybe failed an exam or two. What we accomplish is something to celebrate, whether it’s big or small. It’s also essential to not repeat the same mistakes as life goes forward.

Freshmen: You’ve completed your first year as college students! The transition from high school to college is a scary experience that comes with a lot of trial and error. Managing time, good study habits, and excelling in your assignments was something that everyone had to adjust to. Don’t be disheartened if you didn’t do so well because you can only go up from here. It’s never too late to join a club, change your major, or improve your work ethic.

Sophomores: You’re halfway there! Growing as an individual this year, you’ve left behind big mistakes you made as a freshman. Now, you know you’re way around campus and have a good flow of things. There are still hiccups here and there, but nothing you can’t tackle. By now you’ve probably dug into the major of your choosing, but remember that it’s okay to switch up if you don’t feel like you’re going down the right path. That’s the beauty of college, you get to explore who you are and who you want to be.

Juniors: One step closer! This year, you were most likely contemplating whether school is even worth it— and it is! You’ve gotten this far and you’re almost to the finish line. Make the all-nighters, the countless library trips, and the crazy highlighting mean something. Hardwork and dedication will help you accomplish your goal. At this time in your collegiate career, you know what you need to do to get your results. You just have to keep pushing and continue to use all the necessary tools you need to get you there!

Seniors: The time has finally come! Goodbye undergraduate school! Whether you scraped by or got your act together to get here, it doesn’t matter. You’ve completed your mission and it’s a completely different feeling than it was when you were a freshman. Where you go in life after this is in your hands. Your journey doesn’t end here just because the four years are done. Make an impact and pursue your dreams, that’s probably what kept you going throughout your time as a Cyclone anyway. Congratulations!

To the graduates, transfers, and foreign exchange students: your time here is just as valuable. Whether your experience was similar to others or not, doesn’t take away the fact that you’re involved in this exciting journey as well. I hope you learn from what didn’t work for you and appreciate the time and effort you put into your studies. It’s easy to beat yourself up after a failed exam or a botched presentation, but remember to uplift yourself for even being here. Good luck next year, wherever life may take you. You will always be a Cyclone.