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I have been writing about this all semester but now, it is actually here. As I approach the last days of the semester, I haven’t been able to really wrap my mind around the biggest question that everyone has been asking; What is next?

As a senior in college, that is such a hard and repetitive statement to answer. The real answer is that we don’t know. Some people do know but a lot of us don’t, and that is okay. It is hard to say, “I am going to go to medical school, I am going to do an internship, or I am going to work here” without verification which is hard to obtain at this stage of our lives. We have almost no experience, yet which puts the degree in our hand and that is all we have to offer. We can say all we want that we are going to work here or go to school there but really, these statements are just dreams until they are set in motion.

What I can say for sure is that I am going to do big things. Whether that means becoming a doctor, a mom, or a wife (not in that exact order), I will do big things. I’d like to shoutout the people who were a big part of my life, that impacted me the most, and that pushed me through the worst times. Thank you for being my friends and my family. Family to me isn’t defined to blood, it is defined to the people who are there for you and love you for who you are. Thank you for being my family when I needed you.

Anthony, Mom, Gary, Carleen, Maggie, Christyn, Dakota, Cordell, Bradley, Cody, Cass, Mama, Papa, Uncle Jason, Denise, Dad, Brianna, Alivia, Donavon, Emily, Taylor, Heather, Araceli, Madison, Tati, Brooke, and anyone else that I may have forgotten at the time that I wrote this.

If I did “forget” you, it doesn’t mean that you didn’t matter to me, I just have terrible memory, but you should already know that I love you very much.

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Honorable mention to my Memaw and Uncle Bob in heaven for watching over me and being my biggest fans from above. I miss you both so, so much. Also, the biggest honorable mention to Porky. That dog is the love of my life, and he will take a piece of me with him when he passes away. He has been my best friend for so long. He’s been there when I cried and when I have laughed. He was there through all of the memories. He was there through all of the sadness at the darkest times of my life. I absolutely love him unconditionally and there is no way I will even have another companion like him again.

Sadly, this will be the last article that I will ever write for Her Campus. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities this group has given me. Professionally it has given me leadership skills in many positions as well as a creative outlet. Personally though, this group has given me so much. This group has given me the best of friends, memories that are irreplaceable, and a safe place that I feel truly happy in. I will miss everyone so much in the group, but the real ones will stay in touch.

It’s not about the things we did while we were here, it’s about the impact we left and the impact it left on our hearts. I have a long-hate relationship with this college but in the end, this was one of the best experiences of my life.

Thank you IUP, Thank you Her Campus, Thank you my friends, my family, and myself. We did it!

Alicia is an aspiring doctor. She intends to graduate from IUP in 2022 and attend Medical School directly after to become a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics. She enjoys watching movies, hanging with friends, and community service. She is a dog lover and has a pug names Porky that makes her smile on her worst days. Family is everything to her as you probably have read.
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