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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

Kahle Toothill on Tuesday, 22 May 2007. Posted in Coursework, Life After RIT

This is (most likely) going to be my last post as a Student Ambassador. It's been fun writing to you and keeping you updated on my college career. My last and only final was yesterday morning at 10am. By 11am, I was free. All four years of my undergraduate career... over... just like that. It's been a rollercoaster ride of ups and down. There were times I wanted to leave and go home, there were times when I wanted to transfer and go to school with my best friends from home, there's been times where you couldn't pay me to leave Rochester and there's been way too many good times to count.

I came to RIT as a Biotechnology major and will be graduating with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish language. If I could do it all over again, I think I would have pursued an Interior Design degree instead or in addition. But hey, that's what college is about for many students - actually finding out what you like and what you're good at. Don't get me wrong - I like science! However, once I was acquainted with RIT and was learning about all the majors and career options, I began reassessing my choice of major. I never knew there were so many options when picking a major! If I could give you some advice as you begin your college search (and even if you are starting college in the fall), it would be to search all your options.

In this life, there are nothing but possibilities. I chose Biology because it fit for me at the time. I liked Biology in high school and I did well in it so I stuck with it for four more years. Just be sure to choose something YOU like - not something your parents like or a major that your brother or sister or cousin chose. What's great about RIT is that if you want to change majors, as long as its within your first year, it's usually a simple switch and it won't take you any longer to graduate. So don't think that the major you chose for the fall is the one that you're stuck with for the rest of your life. It's not. Your college career will be filled with decisions and you will change your mind on many things, many times. That's life. These are your years to be uncertain and learn from you mistakes and find out who you really are.

Stay in touch with your high school friends. Trust me, this won't be hard for the first year or two. After that, everyone (including myself) gets so caught up in their new life, new career path, and new friends that it is almost overwhelming at times to fully keep tabs on my best friends' lives. The best and most fun way to keep in touch is not by IM, e-mail or facebook - it's writing actual letters and phone calls. You would be surprised how excited you will be when you get mail from your best friends in college. My girl friends always decorate the envelope with stickers for an added special touch. So buy that cute stationary, use your peak cell phone minutes to make a phone call, because in the end - it will be worth it.
There's a quote that I love and I'm going to share it with you:

laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
let go of what you can't change,
kiss slowly,
play hard,
forgive quickly,
take chances,
give everything,
and have no regrets...
life is too short to be anything but happy.

Don't stress out because you class is too hard or the homework is impossible. Stick with it! You will learn a lot about yourself by taking on challenges. Your work will get done on time, even if you finish that term paper five minutes before class. Professors are understanding, don't be afraid to ask them for help or an extension. I've learned that it is not worth stressing out - sometimes, there are other things that come before getting your math hw done on time.

Get involved. Join a sports team, club, organization, fraternity or sorority. College is only half academics, the other half you make for yourself. You will make life-long friendships and connections and have tons of fun at the same time. At RIT, it's hard not to get involved with over 170 clubs and organizations. Intramural sports are also great! Start a volleyball, flag football, softball, ultimate frisbee or soccer team and get ready to have the time of your life.

Life: To be continued....