The Senior Column
“Ask me where I live…6 men.” Starting off as an inside joke with a couple of friends when we moved back in August, those words have helped define my senior year. Pulling onto campus down in the Valley was a strange feeling of happiness mixed with sadness. I used to be that first year living in Desautels not knowing what Assumption had to offer and I am a senior. It is crazy to think that we are already entering our senior year. Our final year of classes, games and clubs as Hounds is already starting. We have already had practices, meetings, classes and busy schedules. It is slowly slipping away from us, but it’s up to us how we want to spend it.
For some, it will be extra hours in the library, perfecting your GPA before applying to jobs. For others, it will be earning free T-shirts and mugs from Leitrims every Thursday night. Others will be winning insane amounts of intramurals to get their pictures on the wall.
Whatever it is, go after it. Now is the time to live it up and chase what you want. It isn’t your roommates’ college experience, or your parents, it is yours. After Graduation comes, it is a new chapter of our lives. We will no longer be in Worcester walking the grounds of Assumption. It is the beginning to the end. So how do you want to spend your time?
I challenge you to put Netflix away and try something new. As hard as it may be to understand, Orange is the New Black will still be there when you’re done graduating—so hang out with your friends instead of hiding in your bed. Meet a new friend and do something out of your comfort zone. Encourage those around you and make every day the best day. Make it a priority to hang with those who matter. Make the first years, the sophomores and even the juniors jealous of what we have. Support each other in what we do and get out there into the Worcester community. We have had so many memorable events at Assumption so far and there are so many more to come. Seniors’ First Night Out at Jillian’s? We crushed it. Let’s bring that momentum to everything we do.
It is hard not to stress about what is to come after graduation. Lesson plans, lab reports, thesis proposals and essays cannot be avoided—but don’t let it define senior year. Everything seems to find its way of working out and, in the words of Khloe Kardashian, “Sometimes we got to just let go and let God.”
We won’t fail if we stick together. So go out on that Tuesday night to sing karaoke with your friends because you may never have the chance again. Spend as much time with your roommates and friends because these are the memories we will look back on when we’re reminiscing in our nursing homes. We can reminisce on that quiz we studied for in that daunting class, or that trivia we won Monday night at the pub. Now I’m not saying skip classes and go to Leits all day; in fact, finishing strong in all your classes will be the ultimate gratification. Faking a transcript is something you cannot get away with but give yourself some slack and remember that you are a college student, so start acting like it.
It doesn’t have to be all that sad. Think on the bright side: for one, no more waiting to do laundry and hoping that no one moves your clothes from the dryer to the floor. Remember the Housing Lottery?—Adios. Losing power when there’s a slight breeze?—No thank you. Point system?—Sayonara. Embrace the change that is to come because it will only help you grow as a person. The world is full of endless opportunities awaiting us, and sometimes we just need to be reminded of it.
I’ve started thinking of personal things I want to accomplish my senior year before entering the real world and I challenge you as well:
Travel to an unknown destination with friends…it might lead to something amazing, or just a big waste of gas (I’m pulling for something great). Pull an all nighter with your roommates for no reason at all; sing Karaoke at the Loft and win the big money; eat Raman Noodles and Easy Mac for dinner because you can; wear your pajamas to class because now is the only time it is socially acceptable; go out at night without a plan, sometimes wandering around is the best part; take pictures of your friends when they do something stupid, blackmail is the best mail; Take advantage of the local Worcester food, Domino’s at 2 a.m. isn’t the only option out there; even on your laziest day, walk to class and take it all in, seven minutes to LAMF is doable; pass something onto the underclassmen...leave your legacy; don’t be afraid to be the life of the party. If they laugh at you, they’re just jealous; don’t be afraid to sit one out—movies and ice-cream is sometimes necessary; have no regrets, because you only have one senior year.
I’ll leave you with a quote of one of the greatest movies (in my opinion) of all time: “I said it before and I’ll say it again. Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”-Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Let’s not miss out on our final year and let’s go out with a bang.