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Swan Song

I stand in my room. I take a good hard look at the bare walls around me. All of my life is packed into boxes that I can’t quite take home yet, because I might need something out of them. My desk drawers are full of papers that I need to sort through, and there’s about 20 books that need to be returned back to the bookstore because I rented them.

A lot of students, myself included, are tired, feeling unmotivated, and are trying to justify ways to watch Netflix while writing last minute research papers. It’s not that we don’t want to be here. It’s just that, well, if you’re anything like me who constantly puts yourself into overdrive for 90% of your time spent in school, being tired is justifiable. You’ve been through fire, cast out into the frying pan, and maybe you got a little burnt, but you made it. All of your experiences have led you here to this moment and you’re eager to see what the next chapter of your life holds.

To my fellow underclassmen, take a moment to really invest in your campus. I’m not talking about money, because goodness knows none of us wealthy, but I mean mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually invest in your campus. Find places that are quiet enough for you to study. Find a study space just for you. Pick up trash if you see it left carelessly by someone who doesn’t understand what your school means to you. Find a good group of people to call your friends and foster those relationships, allowing them to grow into lifelong bonds. Connect with nature and go explore what our beautiful little town has to offer.

Don’t take things for granted because in the blink of an eye, it will all be gone and you’ll move on to another chapter of your life. The thing to remember, my dears, is that graduation doesn’t mean goodbye. It just means I’ll see you later.

– Noelle



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