It’s been quite a ride. It’s about that time to do the thing that you have feared for four years- graduation. I’m sure you have been tiptoeing around that word for the last few months, but the time has arrived and it completely sucks. I’m sure it’s a bittersweet mix of relief, stress, sadness, and a fear.
I hope that your college years have been the best years that you’ve had thus far. I hope that it’s been a world full of laughs, lessons, and friends. Four years ago, you were excited freshmen just stepping foot onto Ball State's campus. Now you are seniors preparing for grad school or your first big-girl job. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be graduating and leaving this perfect college world behind. So, cheers to all of you who are about to enter the real world.
You have accomplished so much in your years at college. You’ve landed internships, aced tests, joined multiple organizations, and have made friendships that will last the rest of your life. I can only imagine all of the things that you have yet to accomplish.
As you prepare to move on to bigger things; don’t forget about your friends who you will leave behind. We will miss you every single day. Don’t wonder if people will forget about you, because I promise that we won’t. There are too many inside jokes, memories, and lessons that we have learned from you.
You are in such a unique place in your life where you have so many opportunities that lie ahead of you. You have the chance to start over, move anywhere in the world, and live your life to the fullest. There won’t be any more weekly tests, appointments, or group projects to hold you back. Yes, there may be a few bumps in the road; you might struggle to make rent each month, you might feel alone in a new city, and you might even lose a few friends along the way. But don't think about what you’re scared to do- think about what you get to do.
There’s a whole world out there that you have yet to explore. So here is my advice to you graduating seniors: try new things, travel the world, love fearlessly, and have confidence in yourself. I cannot wait to see all that you will achieve. It’s not a “goodbye,” just a “see you later.”
Those who will miss you