For my last editor’s letter at Her Campus Rollins, I want to focus on the seniors that might be reading. I think nostalgia can be a really good thing and a really negative thing at the same time. Most of us have probably fallen into a similar trap at one point or another: you romanticize a certain period or timeframe and glorify the memory. If that doesn’t summarize college in a nutshell, I don’t know what does.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t treasure your most precious college memories. I think that’s exactly what we should do. I do think I have an interesting perspective as a fifth year senior, because my experience hasn’t been traditional. Anyone who was a transfer student can also relate to this- sometimes it can be hard to accept that your path wasn’t linear.
Regardless, I said this letter was for seniors and it’s for all seniors. I just want to shine a light on the danger of breaking life up into pieces like we always do. Looking forward to fun times like summer keeps us optimistic and gives us something to look forward to. At the same time, I think it’s important to remember that no matter how crooked your path becomes or how much you stray off track, there is so much to be presently grateful for.
So while we may all be sad to leave our friends, I think we should try to remember what a truly magical time we are in right now. Graduation is next week and we’re presently in the most transformative time of our lives. Rather than listening to people who say that the past four years were our best, I think seniors should be happy looking back- but remember how thrilling it is to move forward.