Bittersweet but grateful

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Hailey Walker

Time is flying by. I know it only has been one month of school but for me, these past weeks went by in the blink of an eye. I have been so busy with Student Government Association, Le Provocateur, Assumption Disability Awareness Promotion Team, my classes, my art internship and writing my honors thesis that it was only this past week that I came to the realization that I haven’t slowed down at all. I’m not saying that being busy is a bad thing, but it gives you very little time to appreciate the wonderful place that is Assumption and little time to enjoy the everyday moments.

I never thought I would come to say that Assumption College is my “home away from home.” Growing up, I struggled to find a place where I belonged. I am proud to say that attending Assumption has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

I will admit that the past three years haven’t been entirely perfect. I had a bad roommate experience. I have made mistakes. I have struggled with my schoolwork. I have lost friends. I continue to struggle with the passing of my grandfather, which occurred earlier this year. But through these experiences, I learned, I grew and, most importantly, I discovered my true friends who I know will be with me for a lifetime.

So many wonderful things have happened on this campus in the past three years that I now realize that I do not want to miss out on anything this upcoming year. I do not want to miss out on the little things whether it is hanging out with my roommates and friends, attending all the women’s soccer home games to support my roommate Paige, getting all dressed up to go out and accomplishing the senior year bucket list that I made with my best friend (which includes ridiculous but fun things like singing karaoke and going on a hayride). I already pity the poor souls who have to listen to me sing because my singing voice is not pretty.

Seniors, take the time to smell the roses before the real world hits, which will be in eight very short months. You may ask what the heck I am talking about. We still have time, right?

Yes, we still have time, but before you know it, it will be graduation day, and as we walk across the stage to get our diplomas, we will all be scratching our heads asking, “Where did the time go?”

What other time in your life are you going to be able to hang out with all of your friends who live on campus, to get Taylor breakfast, to wear sweatpants to your classes or to get froyo spontaneously on a Monday night?

Seniors, now is the time to start living and to step outside of your comfort zone. It is the time to join that club or intramural sport you’ve always wanted to join, to ask out that guy or girl you always had a crush on, to take advantage of academic opportunities that may come your way, to make a new friend or go on a road trip without knowing your destination.

Be spontaneous. Live in the moment. I know it can be hard to live in the moment (it certainly is for me), but if the opportunity arises, go along with it. I can tell you that those will be the memories that you will have years from now.

Change is on the horizon, and before we all go our opposite directions, I want you to stop. Take a moment, breathe and look around you. Enjoy what makes up the Assumption atmosphere, especially your friends. Take the time to tell them how much you appreciate them. Thank the professor or coach who may have impacted you in some way. Smile that you are here at Assumption. And when graduation comes around, you will not be sorry or regret that you did not live senior year to the fullest.

As much as I want senior year to slow down, I know it won’t. I am feeling a range of emotions that I have never felt before: a truly bittersweet mixture of sadness and happiness. And I am sure that I am not the only one feeling that way.

As much as I wish I could have appreciated these past few weeks more, I am not going to make that mistake for the next eight months. I am going to step outside of my comfort zone and try my hardest to appreciate each day for what it is. I know I will make mistakes, but I also know I am going to create some amazing memories. My only hope is that all of you will have an amazing year full of fond memories and smiles.

Thank you to every one of you who has stepped into my life during my years here at Assumption, and thank you in advance to those of you who will step into my life this upcoming year. I deeply appreciate every single one of you, and I wish you all the best of luck this year and after graduation.

I am going to leave you guys with one of my favorite quotes from when I was a kid. Dr. Seuss wrote, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” And guys, don’t forget: it’s time to live because it’s still happening.

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