This is it. The week that has always seemed so distant in the future, the last few moments you never think will be real. I can’t believe it, and I know most of my classmates can’t either. It genuinely seems like just the other day that my Dad was driving me to ECU to help me move into my dorm, and I cried the whole drive down because I was apprehensive about starting this new chapter of my life. Sappy as this is, I know many tears will be shed this upcoming weekend, and for many different reasons. Time is a crazy thing. When it passes we miss it, and when we feel as if we’re stuck in it, we want it to pass faster. Some days seem like they drag on, yet in a blink of an eye days, weeks, months, years have passed and you’re wondering how it went so fast.
My Onecard that has seem some better days. This picture as you can tell from the stylish lanyard, was taken at freshman orientation.
I came into college thinking I had everything figured out and was ready to conquer anything thrown my way. Needless to say, that logic was quickly shot down and hit with a big dose of reality. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate the present more, genuinely get to know someone; ask how their day is, notice actions over words, and most importantly roll with the punches. As cliché as it is when people say “notice the little things in life”, it’s true. Whether it’s someone taking an interest in your hobbies, a book a friend suggests you’ll like, or even your dog cuddling up in your lap after a long day, sometimes these things that seem “small” in the present, actually turn out to be the big things when you look back, simply because these moments consist of subtle sincerity.
My time here these past 4 years here at East Carolina has been an extreme array of experiences, emotions, opportunities and awakenings. There is not one word, or even 500 I could pick to even begin to describe how amazing, and at times not so amazing my journey has been as an undergraduate student here. From pulling an all nighter to cram for a final, to going out with friends to a party, to moving into my first apartment, to countless tailgates and football games, these are moments that are irreplaceable and I know I will hold close to my heart. Honestly, I’ll never remember how to read a sensitivity analysis and that is perfectly okay. As great as it was to expand my educational horizons and work ethic, meeting all the wonderful people I’ve met along the ride and creating memories was equally as important to me. The relationships I have built, lost, strengthened, or decided to let go within these past 4 years were all more than worth it even up until this present day. I have experienced something unique with every person I have met in my college career and for that I am thankful.
First football game of my freshman year on college hill with my roommate I have known since 3rd grade, to my very last game of my senior year.
My senior year has been the most exciting, crazy, scary, happy and challenging year of my entire life. Fortunately, it’s also the most positive growth I’ve ever seen in myself by consistently forcing myself to work outside of my comfort zone.
- And of course I had to throw in a picture with Petey!
Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to see what the future holds for me! From ending freshman year with a 2.4 GPA, to working my butt off and making Dean’s list/Honor roll a couple of times in between, it has been a trivial past couple of years positioning into young adulthood. Although it will be a bummer to not have pirate bucks to go to Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks anymore, or lucking out and getting registered in your first class of the day anytime after 11 AM, I know I have learned what I’ve needed to learn through some trial and errors in my college career. Sometimes it gets hard to learn how to let go of a place you consider home with people in it that feel like family, but hey sometimes the best things in life make us the saddest. Since coming into college as a little 18 year old that barely knew how to cook or do laundry, I have learned to push myself—in my education, work, values, beliefs, dedication, friendships and relationships, and that is something no one can take away from me.
Lastly, and most importantly, I would like to thank Shelly Spear for giving me the opportunity for this amazing internship, Sarah Morgan for also assisting me along the way, and a big thank you to everyone who has read my blog posts throughout the course of this school year 🙂 You guys are the best, and please keep in touch! My LinkedIn is: http://ow.ly/tUzQg
- Blog by: Haley Nowlin