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Courtney Trahan

I blinked and four years passed.

There’s a reason we hear the phrase “the fastest four years of your life” when people talk about college.

But they’re also four of the most fun, experimental, expensive, scary and weird years. And for that reason, I need to do some justice to these past four years by writing a column that, surprisingly, isn’t related to sports.

I know this isn’t the end for any of us. We’re going to have plenty more years of growth, insanity, happiness, sadness and good times. But probably never again will I have so many friends living within less than a mile radius of me. And probably never again will I have random weeks where I go out Tuesday through Saturday. And probably never again will I be able to customize my schedule to the point where I can go to the gym at 11:30 a.m. or take a nap at 2 p.m.

And while I do love routine, the monotony of a fixed schedule also scares me. Especially when I have way too much energy for a 9 to 5 cubicle job. Which is why this life is going to be very hard to leave.

And not to sound like a Hallmark card, but if I can say anything to take away in the coming weeks, I say: just find genuine happiness. (I realize this is easily the most cliché thing I could say and I’m not a sappy person), but I have felt like once I let go of the wondering and grabbed hold of the “whatever happens, happens”-ing, I feel all-around better. And I have always been a pretty happy, optimistic and all around positive person, but this philosophy just strengthened those qualities.

For instance, once I stopped thinking about how necessary it is for me to have my “life career” figured out and started realizing that I don’t have to know exactly what I want at 22, I had that epiphany about what I can see myself doing. And once I stopped complaining about being #foreversingle and just started to realize that life happens the way it’s meant to, I started feeling much more true happiness (and started telling my mom less to get me a match.com account for graduation).

But in all seriousness, let the chips fall where they may, and I believe that is a pretty guaranteed route to being happy, even though it’s hard to see that now because we’re all quite sad and feeling lots of emotions that tug at our heartstrings.

So in all the sadness, think of the great memories. We’ve come a long way.

And for that, I feel the need to shout out my appreciation.

Thank you to my roommates, one of whom I have been with since we were randomly (yet perfectly) placed together as freshmen and the other two I found along the ride. I love you guys and I am so thankful I found people to be weird and adventurous with. It’s going to be hard to live a life where I can’t scream Alanis Morissette songs or the lyrics to “White Houses” everyday with you or play in the backyard of Four Men for hours or decide on a whim we’re going to hike Wachusett Mountain.

Thank you to my professors, who challenged me, pushed me and supported me in my love of school. I’ve loved writing since I was young, but I hid it in loving biology and in my (for whatever reason) need to be a dentist/orthodontist/optometrist/marine biologist/anything else “ist.” All it took was English Comp. with Professor Hodgen to realize I should be majoring in something I enjoy, not something I think I need to be doing.

Thank you to my fellow student leaders and the advisors of such organizations (Provoc, SGA, OL ’11, Retreat teams, etc.), you have made this experience so much better. Being involved has both made me a more well-rounded person and helped me realize what I want to do with my life. I have felt our friendships deepen through all the late night meetings, excursions, stress-ranting/eating, problem solving and, of course, all of the fun times and good laughs.

And the absolute most obvious, but also most important, thank you to my incredibly supportive and beautiful family and my as-wonderful second family (my friends) who have made this journey both enjoyable and actually possible. You have no idea how much I love and appreciate you all.

So, to all my fellow classmates, be proud of yourselves. Many of us have been getting educated/crying over homework/spending hours in libraries for around 17 years straight, and now some of us are continuing this pattern, while others are going out into the workforce or pursuing other passions. Whatever it may be, you’ve earned it, so I truly hope you enjoy it. This has been a four-year adventure, but our adventures certainly do not stop here.

Congratulations and good luck. I really believe we have an awesome, ambitious and kind class with so much potential to do wonderful things in the future. And so while you venture out into new communities, never forget we’ll always have this community we can all come back to.

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