Goodbye to the Overwhelmed Undergraduate

IMG_2911On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. It is so surreal to me that it is over and I am sure it will take a while to set in. I can’t imagine where I would be in life if the past four years of my life were not spent at my college. The memories and experiences are irreplaceable. The people I have met will always hold a special place in my heart. TheΒ friends I’ve made will be my friends for life. And all of the tears, anxiety, and all nighters are a thing of the past. These past four years have been crazy to say the least, but they have truly helped me start to figure out who I am as a person. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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One thing I want to work on is blogging more. Within the next month, my blog is going to get a makeover and I am going to get back to some of my weekly posts, as well as the random ones. The difference is, all of my posts will be from a graduate’s perspective, rather than an undergraduate’s. It is going to be a fun change!Β Also, since I am no longer an undergraduate, my blog will have a new name. Stay tuned!

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Today

This past month has tested my patience like no other. It was the last month of college classes and the start of finals, the last month of working 4 jobs and an internship while being a full time student, the first month being long distance with my girlfriend, a month full of crazy stuff going on back home, and the last month of what has been normal to me for the past four years. Everybody keeps asking if I am excited to graduate. I always answer, “well I am excited to be done with these classes”. The truth is, it hasn’t hit me at all that I am actually GRADUATING. You think about that moment for years, even your whole life. Graduating college. To think that I will be walking across that stage a few daysΒ from today is unbelievable.

Today I took my last undergraduate final. I studied for it. Ahead of time actually. But I could have studied more. I think I have said that about every single final exam I have ever taken. And just like that it is finished and over, so it doesn’t matter how much I studied anymore. The only thing standing between me and being finished is a stupid 2 page paper. So instead of writing that, I am writing this. I figured I might as well procrastinate the last assignment, just like way too many before it.

Today, 3 different bosses/professors told me to make sure that I see them before I leave. If there was one thing that would make graduating sink in, that was it. I have spent countless hours with these individuals over the past couple of years. I can’t imagine not seeing them on a weekly basis, some even daily. Not only them, but many others. My college has become a second home to me, and so many people there have became family. Recently my friends and I have been looking at old pictures and talking about all of these amazing memories we have made here. Graduating is so exciting and long awaited, but it is completely bittersweet.

Today, a professor told me that when I am working in the area next year (hopefully) that I have to come talk to her classes about working in a research laboratory setting. We talked about this previously, but it is here. I am not going to be a student anymore. I’ll be the guest lecturer that so many students struggle to sit through but really appreciate having there. I’ll be an adult or something.

 

Today I realized that tomorrow, my undergraduate career will be finished.