My sophomore year I was told to cherish every single moment of college, because it’s only going to fly by even faster than it already had been.
Now, as I am preparing to graduate in just about month, those words are ringing loud and true. I can’t tell you where this year went, or even the three years before that. I still clearly remember being a wide-eyed freshman on move-in day, excited and scared for the new adventure. I remember the thrill of dorm supply shopping and submitting my application. I remember the campus tours and my sister giving me a Northwestern sweatshirt my sophomore year of high school. I have so many memories surrounding this place that it doesn’t seem possible for it to be ending soon.
So as cheesy as it seems, my time on campus made me realize how important it is to cherish every single second of every adventure of life. Northwestern has countless opportunities for students to be involved, so there’s always something to do. It also offers the chance to branch out from what you’re used to and discover a new activity or passion.
I came to campus as a shy and introverted gal who’d rather spend time reading books than socializing. In the past four years I ended up joining the school newspaper, dancing in RUSH, playing Bingo dressed up as a senior, serving as a resident Assistant for two years, and making some pretty incredible friends. My professors encouraged me both academically and spiritually, and the residence life gave me that boost of confidence to achieve my goals and grow.
I get to leave completely different from when I first came here, and I have Northwestern to thank for that.