So here we are, fourth quarter, senior year. The home stretch. The time we thought was so far away when we first stepped foot in four years ago.
My parents were always reminding me of how close it was; my dad would often say "only__ more months until you graduate!," but it never seemed real up until now. Especially with this beautiful weather, it seems as if summer is already here.
I couldn't be more relieved to know where I am going to be attending college in the fall. The college application process is a very extensive and stressful time. Constantly checking online for updated application statuses and checking the mailbox so many times in a day gets quite redundant day after day. I'm very excited to be attending SUNY Oswego in the fall as a Public Relations Major, which is my passion.
On April 16, I attended Accepted Students Day at Oswego. The five-hour drive made me realize how far it really is from home. Up until this point, I've had nothing but excitement about going away to college. I've already met some great people on Oswego's Facebook page and a roommate. After being away from home and my "normal life" for two days, I feel a part of me starting to appreciate home a lot more. Sure it was only two days, but having to trade my mom's delicious home cooked meals for less than great dining hall food is definitely going to be something I will have to get used to.
At home, I have a daily routine. Get up, go to school, go to classes, come home, do my homework, have dinner with my family, watch tv and go to bed. I often find myself complaining about this daily routine, saying it’s boring and redundant. I think I will end up missing the familiarity of a routine every day while at college and also enjoying the new variety of day-to-day life.
I've also grown accustomed to my surroundings, both at YHS and throughout our community. Learning the ins and outs of a new environment will definitely be a challenge at first.
Spending the day at Oswego got me thinking (or maybe it was the five-hour drive...). Yes, I am ready for something new and exciting, I'm ready to begin learning more about my passion and getting more hands on experience in the field. Yes, I'm ready to meet new people and make new friends.
But in a way, I will also miss a lot of things from home: the familiarity of my room and it's utter disorganization, my brother down the hall to talk to and hang out with, my mom in the next room to talk to if I need advice, the daily routine of my dad asking me every night when he gets home from work "how was your day?" and always replying with "boring," hanging out with my friends, and the teachers at school whom I've bonded with over the last four years.
There are times where I find myself counting down the days until move in day at Oswego, but I am also going to start truly appreciating the little things I will miss from home.
I am going to make these last few months as a high schooler count and enjoy them to the fullest, because we will never be this young again.