So the ceremonies have been attended, the tears have been shed, and the diplomas awarded. It has been four long, hard fought years, filled with amazing new experiences, stress-filled nights studying, and meeting lifelong friends. The culmination of all of these events in the form of three graduation ceremonies, while a bit exhausting, have also cemented memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. As I look back on my time with the University of Illinois, it will be with adoration of not just this great university, but of my classmates and professors, my fraternity brothers, and all the other people who have helped to mold the person I am today. Days later, I find myself getting very emotional still. I am setting up interviews and working at my internship down here in Champaign full time, yet it still doesn’t seem 100% real yet. Even though I know I’ve matured so much since my first year, I still walk around campus viewing things as I did then. The campus is still beautiful, there’s still always construction on something, and the Quad is still my favorite place to just hang out. This transition I am going though will be difficult, there will still be emotional times where I look back on my days as an undergraduate and tear up, but I feel that as long as I never lose that perspective that I came in here with, this place will always be a welcoming sight. This place will always be home.
Until next time,