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As I sit here writing my last article ever it all doesn’t seem real. I remember being a freshman and hating college so much, looking for any chance to go home and transfer. Of course, I did not listen to my parents when they said get involved, I thought friends would happen naturally like in the movies. It did sort of, but not great. I hated freshman year until maybe March when I actually did get involved in theatre. Things started to look up and I met my now housemates who I love with all my heart.

Sophomore was the best. It started off rocky, I moved in with girls I didn’t know but it turned into the best situation ever. 7 of us lived in a suite and it was so fun. I finally felt like I was getting a college experience. My workload started to pick up and I was finally doing observation hours in a classroom.

Junior year was tough in the beginning and just got rougher from there because of the pandemic. My second semester junior year was going to be the best semester ever. I was living in a house with some of my best friends, but the world had other plans. Going to college during a pandemic was interesting. I moved home with the rest of my family and continued school online which was a struggle to say the least.

I have been looking forward to senior year forever and now that it is here and we are so close to graduation, it is bittersweet. College really does fly by and I can’t believe in less than a month I will be saying goodbye to everything I have known the past four years and starting a new journey teaching. I feel like I didn’t get a full college experience, even though I hate that thought. All of my friends turned 21 right before or during the pandemic so those bar nights were slim.

Even though freshman year was rough, I loved college. I did a lot and a met a lot of wonderful people. I joined a sorority, started a club with one of my friends, traveled abroad, did relay for life and studied hard to be able to stay in the education program. I have been in a weird mood the past couple of days and I think it clicked that all of this is ending soon. It’s a weird feeling to have knowing your life is changing so drastically soon, I haven’t felt like this in four years and even then it was a different change.

I have grown a lot since freshman year and that is something I am proud to say. I am more confident and outgoing and am comfortable with being uncomfortable. I will miss college and all of the things that come with it and even though I am not 100% ready to move on, I know something exciting is waiting out there for me.

Sarah Elizabeth

Monmouth '21

Sarah is currently a senior history/political science secondary education major with a minor in sociology. Her biggest dream in life is to be a middle or high school history teacher or to open up her own coffee shop. She loves dogs, strawberries, hiking and green tea.
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