The last week of the year is so many things wrapped into one. It is filled with relief that there is no more homework, sadness when saying goodbye to a majority of your friends, excitement at the opportunities that summer brings, and the overwhelming fear that you’re growing up.
I have so many things to do in such a short time and this is how every last week is. At the beginning of this Spring Quarter, it seemed like the last week was years away and now I’m facing it with little packed and no wish to leave my friends. Though times can be tough here at RIT when homework piles up and procrastination looks so sweet, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t truly love how hard I have to work to earn the grades and how easy it is for me to make new friends.
I am now a junior and over the summer will transform into a senior. It seems a terrifying thought that I will graduate soon, travel on the Queen Mary 2 for 6 months for a Coop, and then make my place in the real world. It’s incredibly sad to see my senior friends graduate, especially my two roommates Lowell and Leif and one of my best friends Jay. At the same time, it is thrilling to realize that I have one year left here at RIT. It is trilling to move to Columbus, Ohio for the summer to do an amazing Internship as a Project Manager with Resource Interactive. It is trilling to find an apartment and shop for futons (yes, futon’s can be trilling, you’d be surprised!). And it is trilling to grow up…even though it can be scary at times.
RIT is a mini real world. I have a job, I have co-workers, I have buddies, and I have family. I have an apartment and must find food to feed myself. I must clean my house and work on projects and interact with the society around me…and it makes me more prepared to be an adult.
This last week is filled with so many things, but I’m looking forward to the first week back! I once heard a really great quote: “When you look back upon your year, if it does not bring you tears, either joy or sadness, it is a year that has been wasted.” When I look back upon my year I feel remnants of all those emotions and so much more. I can now truly say that my life is interesting, I don’t sit in front of the TV all day, and I am exactly where I want to be in my life.