It is officially Spring 2016 and many of us at USD are second semester seniors. First, I want to congratulate myself and my fellow peers on crushing three and a half years of college. Second, I want to say thank you to everyone that has made my college experience so memorable and worthwhile.
A lot has changed since freshman year concerning family, friends, and just life in general. Goals, personal desires, opinions, and attitudes all evolve and progress with time, especially as I, and the USD community as a whole, transition year to year, learning and growing each step of the way.
It has been a challenging and rewarding journey filled with educationally stimulating courses, lifelong connections with teachers and students, and many ups and downs. Most importantly, USD has offered myself and others with the proper tools to interact and establish convincing and well-informed opinions and arguments on topics that are relevant and applicable in all aspects of life.
As a senior, I’ve often found myself reflecting and looking at the many instances where I’ve made mistakes as well as where I’ve excelled. Some advice to first, second, and third year students: take advantage of all the resources offered on campus, get involved, travel or road trip to cool areas around and outside of San Diego, allow yourself to push boundaries, and set goals outside of your comfort zone.
Attending USD as an undergraduate student is a unique blessing and should not be disregarded or put down. While I’ll admit it took some time for USD and the San Diego lifestyle to kick in for me personally, the Southern California way of living has grown on me so much so that I am now applying for post-graduate job opportunities in the area.
There is no doubt that the looming yet inevitable approach of graduation is a scary, exciting, happy, and crazy time, but the best part of all is going to be watching my classmates absolutely rock their graduate robes and caps proudly and go on to do incredible things with the rest of their lives.