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An Open Letter to Graduating Seniors

To all graduating seniors,

I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I can’t even imagine what life is like for you right now. I know that as a sophomore, I am sad that my year is over at MSU. For you, your academic career may be over. I’m sorry that walking at graduation is uncertain. One moment you wait for all your life — and you aren’t sure when, or if, it is going to happen. I’m sure at this time this is a huge stressor in your lives, and I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that your classes— whether they be your favorite or most hated— will finish the way they’re going to. I’m sure that a lot is riding on these final weeks of your college career, and I’m sorry that they aren’t going as planned. I really am. 

I’m sorry that some of you may be leaving people you consider your best friends earlier than you ever expected. I know that I am sad that I won’t be able to see my friends as often, and I know that this is definitely harder on you all. MSU has probably become your home, and leaving the people and places you call home is always hard. 

I know how I’ve been feeling. I feel my life lacks direction, everything is unsure, and I am sad. I’m sad that I won’t get to finish projects I was excited about. I’m sad I won’t get to watch MSU basketball win another championship. I’m sad that some of my closest friends are no longer physically close to me. I’m unsure how my online classes will play out. All of this and more, I’m sure you are all also dealing with and then some. 

I am so sorry, truly, I am. 

However, amid this unfortunate reality, I would urge you to think about the positives in your life. Keep your family safe — you will always have them for support in times like this. Take this time to talk to friends you may not have in a while, you never know what could come of reaching out. Use this time alone to work on yourself. I know that sounds cliche and tone-deaf in this time of panic, but really all the certainty we have right now is in ourselves. Monitor yourself, and make sure that YOU are okay. 

I know I’ve said this already an excessive amount of times, but I am so extremely sorry and hope the best for you all. I can’t imagine what you all are going through, and I know that everything may seem pointless. But there is still life to live. Live it as best as you can. Take care of your friends and family, and take care of yourself. Everything you think you’ve lost still may be returned to you, and eventually, things will feel right again. 

Hang in there, and keep yourself safe. I’m rooting for all of you.

Your fellow misplaced student,

Nicole

Major: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Hometown: Northville, MI
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