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The Light

Friday, January 20, 2012

As a second semester senior, most of my friends are taking the plunge into the real world. They're combing the internet for job opportunities. They're scouting out paid internships that could, with some hard work and a little luck, morph into a salaried position. They're prepping for GREs and GMATS and MCATs and copiously filling out applications to grad school. They're desperately trying to avoid the unspoken but all too common alternative-- moving back home with their parents. All the while, they're trying to squeeze every last ounce of freedom- of life unencumbered by children and mortgages and life insurance policies- out of the next sixteen weeks. They're latching on to the beginning of the end, enjoying their friendships and student ID discounts. For them, the light is visible. 

For me, however, a culmination of double majoring, switching majors, and studying abroad all contributed to my delay in graduation. Dependent on a variety of factors, I'm hoping to graduate December 2012, poring over books yet heading to the bars with friends without any reservations about the addage "I have work in the morning." I'm not ready to graduate- I have no solid plans, nor do I have the slightest idea about what kind of plans I would like to make. As most of my friends dive into the light, I'm taking a longer route that will prolong the inevitable "decisions-about-my-life" that I will have to make. 

The light, from my sight, is dim; barely a speck on what promises to be a fun-filled, uninhibited, faded-summer panoramic-- dashed of course, with interviews, GREs, and resume tweaking. With the few of my friends who are also on the same track, the pressure to taste every last drop of college is less severe. Yet no one can deny its looming presence around the corner.

You, however, are in a position that I took for granted as a second semester high school senior, soon to be a CU freshman. You have four (or five) years of college ahead of you! Take my advice, wherever you end up: squeeze every last drop of college out from the start. 

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