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March 27, 2017
As a doe-eyed freshman at the very first party I attended at Richmond, I met a grisled, sagely senior who gave me some wise advice . “Enjoy these moments while you can,” the senior told me. “You’ll blink a few times, and before you know it you’ll be a senior on the verge of graduating.”
The thought of graduating was terrifying, but at the time I couldn’t articulate why it was terrifying beyond never wanting to leave college. Now, in the final semester of my senior year of college, I understand that that dread is rooted in the underlying knowledge that graduation represents the formal, abrupt end to an artificially prolonged childhood. “Graduation” is the celebration of the death of the world as I knew it.
That was in 2013. It was a simpler time. We were just getting the hang of Facebook cover photos. When we wanted to go somewhere, we called a taxi. Donald Trump’s biggest decision was giving Gary Busey a second chance on the Celebrity Apprentice. As a freshman, the thought of the world I knew changing was scary. As a senior 40 days away from graduating, I recognize that the world has already changed.
With that knowledge, I've started asking myself weird questions about my time in college. Did my work matter? Did I use my time wisely? Do the people I care about know I care about them? What happens now? The more I consider those questions, the more it becomes apparent that fearing graduation is a microcosm for fearing death.
The plot twist is that now that I’m on the precipice of an expiration date I have feared for so long, I am now oddly at peace with it. Instead of being upset that I can’t stay at Richmond forever, I’m thankful I have gotten to be a part of such an unbelievable community for so long. I’m #tooblessedtobestressed
Over the next month, I’m going to chronicle my random musings as a senior trying to maximize his last month in college. I spent seven semesters afraid to blink, but I’ve learned I can’t keep my eyes open forever. I’m just trying to take in the view, and I’ll share parts of what I see here with you.
I'm always hungry, usually talking, and an occasionally funny senior double majoring in Journalism and Leadership Studies with a minor in Business Administration. I am the Vice-President of Academic Affairs for the Richmond College Student Government Association, an Associate Editor with The Collegian, the student newspaper, and a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity. This past summer I interned for the Washington Redskins official website, Redskins.com. I am probably procrastinating as you read this.