Wait, what?

Statement: “College will go by faster than you think.”

Fact: “College goes by faster than you think.”

In my first class of my last semester of senior year, I sat down and began talking with the people around me. It was a lower level class and I quickly learned that I was surrounded by freshmen and sophomores. One of them turned to me and said, “Wow, this is your last semester? I can’t even imagine that! I’ll be halfway done after this semester and it already seems like it has gone by so fast!”

To tell you the truth I nearly fainted after she said that. I had a flashback to the very day that I finished my sophomore year. I was giddy. Half-way done with college. I was proud of what I had accomplished and so thrilled that I still had two more years left. At the time it seemed like forever and I remember thinking I would cherish every moment of it and it would go by so slowly. I laugh thinking about it now.

I’m finishing up my last first week of classes as an undergrad, and I can’t help but reminisce everywhere I turn about my time here at Christopher Newport. This week I had dinner at Brickhouse with one of my closest friends that I’ve had since freshman year and all we could do as we gobbled up a basket of bacon cheese fries was laugh and talk about the many amazing times we have had. We met at admitted freshman day in 2012, we both went to the same SLAP week and stayed up until 4 a.m. talking one night, we had lived together the summer after our sophomore year, we had gone to numerous campus events together always willing to support the other’s endeavors. It dawned on me at dinner that an era of my life is coming to an end. I wouldn’t be able to just text her and see if she wanted to go to Cookout at 2 a.m.

The cliché that college goes by quickly doesn’t truly hit you until your last semester of college. All of a sudden you realize the habits and routines that you have formed to get through everyday life will no longer be necessary and you will have to go through trial and error to figure them out again. Graduating college is a ceremonious occasion and as excited as I am to be seen as a responsible young adult in the eyes of society, I can’t help but want to be in high school again.

So as I continue to mentally prepare myself that this is my last semester of college I choose to make sure I make the most of it. Anything I have been wanting to try or do I promise myself that I will not leave this campus until I do it! The best advice I can give is to live each day to its best possible potential – because these days won’t last forever!

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