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Advice from a graduating senior

Kristen Catalano, Contributing Writer

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“Time flies.”

“It will be over before you know it.”

“Enjoy it while it lasts.”

These are just a few of the phrases that almost every college freshman is told by the adults in their lives, but the truth behind them don’t resonate in your mind until you are registering for graduation or ordering your diploma.

My time at St John’s has included all the dorm woes and academic woes that most students will experience. From having a boiling hot dorm room my freshman year that refused to cool down even with two feet of snow on the ground, to being forced to take core classes that have absolutely nothing to do with my major, it has been a long, hard and often strange ride.

Though before I conclude my time here at St John’s I would like to take this time to offer up a bit of advice to underclassmen: sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

I know it seems like simple and impossible advice all at once, that there is no way that you can relax when you have three exams and a research paper do, but it is just as important to make lasting friendships with your peers and enjoy all that this campus has to offer as it is to get all A’s in your classes.

When you graduate, you are not going to remember the research paper that you aced after weeks of preparation; you are going to remember the friends that you made here, and the memories that you made.

Oh, and trust me–even though it seems like you are taking an endless amount of ridiculous classes that have nothing to do with your major, listen to what the professor is saying because there is always something that you don’t know.

As for the future, I never truly believe that an individual is prepared for the unknown, and that is what graduating college is, the unknown.

But I do think that both my parents and St John’s have instilled a strong enough work ethic and desire to be great in me that I will be okay. I believe that St John’s did an ample job training me in my field so that I am able to not only do my job but excel at it.

I will forever be grateful for my time here at St John’s and cherish the memories that I made along the way.

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