Over a decade ago, you had your first day of school. You got up early and hopped on a bus or in your mom’s ’95 Plymouth and fell asleep en route to kindergarten. Perhaps you were wide-eyed with a Lisa Frank backpack and couldn’t wait to make a bunch of new friends. Maybe you were the king of tee-ball. Some of us had Tomagotchi that we would show off during recess. We were kids then, and it was great. We’re older now and some things have changed.
As we got older, we had doors open up to us. At thirteen, we saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without having to worry about our parents being there. We drove that ’95 Plymouth to and from high school at sixteen. At eighteen, we cast our ballots and moved into Davis to meet John from Point Pleasant. Maybe you even blacked out with a princess tiara bedazzled with the words “birthday girl” in front of Farside 27 minutes into your time as a 21-year-old. A lot of fun has been had, but things are more serious now.
Our responsibilities have increased. We are the executive boards of our clubs and organizations. We have a lot of experience and knowledge under our belts to pilot us through Senior Design. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones that’s working part-time at that company you worked for this summer that offered you a number somewhere north of $80,000. We are adults now, readying ourselves for the real world out there. We have grown up and changed, but there are some things we’ve held onto.
Now you get up at 7:45 a.m., hungover from drinking the night before, to get to your 8:00 a.m. class in which you have a presentation due. You walk around campus with a monogrammed Lily Pulitzer bag that displays your sorority’s letters (after Orientation, of course). The baseball diamond has now swallowed up all your free time as you try to break the solar panels behind the fence with a home run. Maybe you’re even spending your Thursday nights in Babbio showing off your exclusive PAX Riot skin during a League of Legends match.
As the year grows more hectic (this will be the easiest time of the year until post-Senior D period), take some time to reflect back on your time in the school bus, that movie theatre, or your freshman self. Look at how far you have come since then. You have progressed a lot. There is so much that you’ve done since then, and so much more to come. We are adults now, things are changing and they’re going to be great.