One More Year…
Today is the final day of class in my junior year of college. I didn’t even realize it was coming until the clock struck midnight a couple hours ago. I find myself appreciating how busy I am because it doesn’t give me time to get nostalgic about the past three years and how the next year will be my last. I realize I haven’t been blogging much this past semester so I’ll give a quick update on what’s on my mind.
In the coming week I have two final exams and two final projects. In two weeks I’ll be getting on a plane to China with Class XVII of the Hoeft Technology and Management Program for a 12 day business immersion trip. In one month I’ll be starting my internship at JPMorgan Chase in Chicago. Now do you see why I’m not currently moping about the passing of time?
I used to be sad that college was passing, and I undoubtedly will have twinges of anxiety as graduation looms closer, but I’ve started accepting it. The reason I love college so much is that I have so many resources around me to continually improve myself, and I fear that after I graduate I’ll be kicked out to stagnate for the rest of my life. Looking back though, I realize that it was up to me to take advantage of all the opportunities at the University of Illinois, and that has taught me to seek out opportunities in the real world. There is a quote by Marianne Williamson that goes:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves. Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
When you succeed, it is due to your own ability to adapt to your surroundings and enable your own actions. Of course we have support systems; my family, friends, and the University have been phenomenal ones for me. In the end, the responsibility falls on the individual.
This realization can be intimidating at first, but when you see you are capable of success without being spoon-fed, it is incredibly motivating. For those of you who have just accepted your freshman admission to the University of Illinois, congratulations on taking a major step toward your personal success, and I wish you luck in thriving on campus.