by Marissa Muller, AR student reporter
Here at University, I am involved in the student government of my college. And yesterday, we had our elections for our executive positions that were opening up for the next year. It was an incredibly strange moment for me to realize that I am truly coming to the end of my Freshman year at college. The people I have met along the way are some of the best the world has to offer. The classes I have taken have been challenging, but phenomenal.
College is an experience that is so unique, and so awesome. And my first year is almost over. I was sitting with a Senior in the meeting where we voted on the new officers, and it was insane to think that he will be off working a real job in just over a month. And the exec. officers that I had come to know and cherish and look up to were being replaced.
This really put things in perspective for me. Everything has its time, and everything ends. That is why I find it so important to really invest in the time you have now. Make sure to learn the material your teachers are trying to teach you and make time to really get to know your friends on a deep and meaningful level.
People, places, and experiences come into and out of our lives in the blink of an eye. It is up to us, therefore, to make sure we capitalize on the experiences that are upon us at the time. So while I watched the exec. positions be changed out, I came to the conclusion that this is just a part of growing older. You have to learn how to see through change.
Life as a teenager is one that is riddled with a plethora of changes. On our 16th birthday we are entrusted with the responsibility of driving and on your 18th birthday you become an adult. Able to sign your own contracts and strike out on your own. Perhaps the biggest change is learning who you are when you are away from home. And this is what college, study abroad, and travel can give you. In college, you are constantly out of your comfort zone, and everything that you believe is questioned. This makes you stronger when you realize what it is that you do believe in.
There I sat in that meeting realizing that I, as a person, have changed a lot since coming to university and also that my time here is incredibly limited. I am very thankful for the wonderful year I have had so far, and I cannot wait to see what the next one has in store for me as well.