The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On March 23, 2017

Welcome back to the daily grind former Spring Breakers.

We are rapidly rushing to the end of this semester. Now I know we have eight weeks left, and all of you underclassmen out there aren’t stressing over graduation just yet.

I want you to know you should worry about it. Keep track of those hours and credits. Think hard before you drop a class in the future. If you want to graduate "on time," keep track of what you need to take.

Alternately, do not freak out about graduating "on time." There is no "on time." Is it a social norm to graduate in four years. But, social norms are overrated.

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad if it takes you a few extra semesters or years. Everyone learns at a different pace.

If your pace is three years, seven years, or even decades, you decided to take the step. You decided to pursue knowledge, and what is more worthy than that?

I’m in what "should be" my final semester. This is my senior year, as plenty of you know.

I’ve spent three and a half years pursuing knowledge, and I’ve learned that I have lots to learn. I don’t know how to build a sculpture, or translate Old English documents, or create medicine.

These aren’t part of my major or minor, but they would be cool to learn. I’d love to learn Italian. And I want to go on some fun college trip with a club that I had been part of for a year.

But, I let college and work take over. You readers out there shouldn’t let that happen.

Join some random club. Go on that fun college road trip and end up somewhere new.

While you may have to work, and of course you want to do well in college, make time to enjoy college life.

It’s not just about grades and graduation. When you become a senior, don’t look back and think, "man I’d love to have done that." Experience something new.

My college career has led me to some amazing opportunities, like finding love, growing up, traveling to in and out of state and making new friends. Don’t look back at college and just see the classes. That’s not what it’s about.

Take this semester, this year, this life, by storm.

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