Katie: Being a Second Semester Senior

Caution: Sappy Feelings Ahead 

Many of you reading this are probably still figuring out where everything is on campus, how to balance a meal plan, and how to make sure that you have an equal amount of Netflix and homework time (don’t worry, so am I). But as I write this, I’m realizing that my last semester at BU has begun, and in a few short months I will be a college graduate.

It certainly doesn’t seem real, especially after working so hard to transfer to BU after my freshman year at another school. It feels like just yesterday I was re-doing the Common App, submitting supplemental essays for a second time, and hoping to get into school here in Boston. I never thought BU was reachable, and here I am filling out graduation applications and thinking about inviting family and friends to my house for a celebratory party in May. I’m making plans with friends for post-grad trips to Europe (or maybe Disney World? Or San Diego? I don’t know, I can’t decide). I’m applying to as many jobs as possible while also scaling down on hours where I work now so that I have weekends free to see my friends and enjoy new experiences. Life is changing, and it’s happening fast.

The point of all of this is to say that these four years go by so quickly. It’s incredibly cliche. We’ve heard it all before: Cherish the moments! Live life to the fullest! Seize the day! But there’s a reason cliches are cliches. People are right in saying that we need to cherish these moments and live life to the absolute fullest. To seize every day and take opportunities that may not come again for quite some time, or forever.

There’s a line from one of my all-time favorite movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which, if you haven’t seen, why?). Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I’m taking this motto and I’m living it. I encourage you to do the same!

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