As my time here at Michigan comes to an end and graduation draws nearer, I find it hard to believe that in a few short months I will be entering the “real world.” Wherever I end up next year, a big part of me is going to miss our amazing college town of Ann Arbor and all of the great experiences I’ve had here. As a senior, thinking about freshman year seems like ages ago. I think that everyone can agree that, if given the chance, they would give their freshman year self a piece or two of advice.
A few things I would tell freshman year me: cherish your football Saturdays, get enough sleep, don’t go to the second floor of the UGLi if you want to get any work done, buy your books before welcome week, go to office hours, be smart with your money, don’t save papers until the night before they are due...I could go on and on with this list. Really, though, when I think about my past four years, I don’t think about how I should have gone to office hours for that one class, or that I probably shouldn’t have spent my savings on spring break so close to graduating. Instead, I think about the amazing experiences I’ve had and the lifelong friendships I’ve made. These are the parts of my time here at Michigan that have made me into the (soon to be) college graduate that I am.
College is a time meant for self-discovery. Not only is it about academics, but it’s also about learning how to be independent and make your own decisions. Of course this does not mean you should put your academics on the back burner. Ultimately we are all here for the same reason - to get a degree, but when we leave here after four years, we take with us a lot more than just that. It sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth. Cherish your days at Michigan, because, in the opinion of many of us, it is the greatest school on earth.
Wherever you go, Go Blue!