Senior year is quickly approaching

By Robyn Simkins
On April 27, 2017

As the end of the semester and May quickly arrive, I believe there are two types of students we need to discuss.

Not that the rest of the student body isn’t important, but the graduating class and incoming seniors deserve some attention and encouragement.

Dear graduating class, you’re only a few short weeks away from your final set of grades, classroom visits, professors, peers and the stress of striving for academic accomplishment here at ASU.

The stroll across the grand stage and a tassle at your ear is merely days away and you’ve earned that victory lap.

Congratulations class of 2017! I envy you, which brings up the second type of student we need to discuss.

Incoming seniors, you’ve worked your butts off and here you stand, close enough to see the stage and envy the feel of that rolled diploma in your grasp.

Yet, you are still far enough away to be banned from the steps of freedom, victory and true adulthood.

For those of you such as myself, the closing door of the spring semester will only open to another year of chasing the dream of receiving your degree.

On one hand, we want to be the graduates, finally rewarded for four (or more) years of tirelessly clinging to every grade, every late night of studying, every paper, every tear, every delusional laugh that will bring us one step closer to the end.

But on the other, there’s still so much more to do and to learn.

Although we’ve accomplished much, the ache for greatness requires just a little more of you.

There will be more of the same old routine of classes, studying, tests and advising.

What makes this year different than the rest is the preparation for the future that goes beyond the classroom.

Now our to do list includes meetings with Career Development, revisions of resumes, practicing for interviews, checking Indeed for job postings and questioning every decision we’ve made in the last few years.

Now we’re tasked with what can’t be taught...how to take on the world with the knowledge they’ve crammed into us for so long.

Were you paying attention? Are you ready?

Because in exactly one year my fellow Rams, those walking across the stage, donned in cap and gown to the overwhelming sound of friends and family cheering from the crowd will be you and I.

Those of you graduating this May have earned it more quickly than the rest of us, and we urge you to pass on your knowledge and your advice to those of us still fighting for our turn.

For those of you with me, we’ve come so far, yet still have a ways to go. But make no mistake; we’ve earned our time just as well.

Keep your head and spirits up, the future is ours.

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