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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Virginia Tech chapter.

I’m graduating in a little less than a month from now which is insane to think about. When I think about graduating, I’m excited but also terrified and a little sad. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to be done but I’ll miss my life here and it’s scary knowing I’m going to be a real adult soon.

Despite transferring last year to VT, I’ve experienced a lot here that has helped me grow as a person. I think even though I have only been here a shorter amount of time than most, I made the most out of my VT experience. I want to use this article to reflect on these last two years because it’s been a ride.

I’ve created a life for myself here which I love. I’ve met so many great people who are my friends. Most of which I met from living in the dorms and others I met from clubs and organizations I joined, both I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for VT. Two of the friends I’ve made have been my roommates. Which I’m sure was hard because I don’t what it’s like to live with me (I’ve probably annoyed them both). But, despite that, they’ve been here for me for everything I’ve invited them to, birthdays, lunches, Binging Squid Games and Desperate Housewives, and of course, late-night emotional Waffle House Visits.

I met my partner the first month I was here, and we’ve been together ever since. He’s been with me through all of the ups and downs I’ve experienced here and I’m grateful. Without him, I don’t know where I would be right now. He’s been supportive of me throughout it all whether it be reading my articles or staying up late while I finish papers.

Of course, through the great people I’ve met and that are in my life, there’s also been people I’ve had to realize weren’t my friends. That was a growing experience too, not everyone you put your trust in is going to deserve it but that’s something I needed to learn too. These lessons were hard, and they hurt but this was the time to learn them.

I went to football games, and basketball games, met Josh Peck, saw Legally Blonde with most of my best friends, turned 21 and 22 with my friends, and have had lots of other memories I’ll remember forever. I got my college experience, and I did everything I wanted to do and then some. But I’m determined to make the most out of this last month, to do any last-minute things I haven’t gotten to do yet.

Thank you to everyone who was here for me and continues to be in my life, I’m grateful for all of you.

Emily Barber

Virginia Tech '23

I am a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in English and Creative Writing. If I'm not reading a book, I'm usually crocheting or tending to my plants.