As junior year draws to a close, I reflect on my past three years at SMU and look forward to one more
Where has the time gone?! Really – I have no idea. I feel like it was just yesterday I arrived in Texas, ready to start my new life as a college student, and then BAM! I blinked and now I’m suddenly twenty-one and about to spend the summer interning in NYC before starting my senior year of college. It’s bittersweet — I’m simultaneously ready to go into the world and start ‘real life,’ but not yet ready to prepare for a year of ‘lasts.’ I guess it’s so hard to think about leaving after next year because I’ve so loved the time I’ve spent here. I’ve made amazing friends and memories, and have started to figure out what I want in life — started being the key word.
To say I’m a senior is a bit of a stretch. I graduated high school in May of 2010 and started my college career in August of 2010. All my friends are seniors and my graduation year is still 2014. I’ve even exceeded the total number of credits necessary to graduate from SMU, but I have a full three semesters worth of classes left before I can get my diploma. I might have (accidentally) stretched out my time at SMU as long as I could, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my college experience.
Visiting SMU my freshman year with my parents
Senior year in high school came and went far too quickly. If I learned anything it was to cherish the little moments I won’t have again. My senior year as a mustang will be overflowing with last chances with friends , excitement, and job searches.
I am most looking forward to the satisfaction I will feel next May as a graduating senior. Sure the entire year will be full of great lessons I will need for the real world – but what better lesson is there than knowing the satisfaction of success?
I know it will not be the last accomplishment in my life, but it will be the first accomplishment to make me feel truly on track to a successful and happy life.