It’s a cliché but it really does feel like orientation of freshman year was just yesterday. Yet, at the same time, I feel little to no association to the person I was then. I applied to Elmhurst College as a computer game and entertainment major without a camera other than my iPhone. Now, I’m graduating as a communication studies and political science major who’s known around campus as “that girl who takes the pictures.”
The person I was when I first stepped foot on this campus, had no idea where the next few years would take her. Each year of my college career has been an unpredictable experience. Each year, a different hair color and a different group of friends. Each year, more and more activities and responsibilities piled on my plate. If I’ve learned anything in college, it’s that you really have no way of knowing what’s coming next in life and where you’re going to end up or even who you’re going to end up as. However, it seems to usually end up okay. As an indecisive and inconsistent individual, I can find some comfort in that.
To be honest, I’m not even sure how I ended up at Elmhurst College. There are definitely things I could criticize about the school, I’ve had some bad times, and I’ve had a few fits of anxiety over the thought that I should’ve gone somewhere else. But looking back at it all, I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had here and am proud of all that I’ve accomplished both on and off campus. I’ve built a fairly impressive resume, made plenty of memories, flown half way around the world to China, and studied in Washington D.C. during the inauguration of a new president. I can’t say I expected a whole lot from myself coming into college, so I really am amazed by all the things I’ve been able to do and who I’ve been able to become here.
Thank you to the few friends (mainly Andy) who’ve stuck by my side throughout all these years, my newer friends who’ve made this past year great, my wonderful advisors, and other great professors who have gotten me through everything. And of course, thank you to The Leader for having me for my last year to take pictures and butt my two cents into every little thing I have an opinion on despite this being the only thing I’ve ever actually written for you guys. It truly has been a pleasure to be part of the most hated group on campus, especially in a position that I don’t have to worry about any personal backlash myself.
My only regret is taking Family Communications J-term of my sophomore year. That one C+ in a sea of A’s that keeps my beloved gold tassel just out of reach. Luckily, nothing in life matters anyway. Dueces!
(P.S. I puked on this dress once. Can you tell?)