My four years at Concordia have come to an end. Four years well spent. Four years of overcoming obstacles, finding myself, and being blessed to find two passions in life-writing and marketing, that I’m sure will lead me to success. Concordia will always hold a special place in my heart, and I wouldn’t change a thing about my time here.
As I walk around the campus in the last week of classes I can’t help but be woeful. I know this will be my last time on campus as a student, and it hurts. Four years of my life spent in a completely different state, maturing and adapting to the lifestyle of a college student. College is a wonderful opportunity and experience, especially here at Concordia, and I know that the end is near. It seems surreal to know that this is it, the end. Taking my finals seemed like a blur, and my last final as an undergraduate wasn’t fulfilling. It doesn’t seem that I am done, but I am. It’s crazy how quickly life passes by in college, especially finishing the last final of my undergraduate on a random Tuesday at 1:30 pm in the afternoon.
My final semester here at Concordia was by far the most difficult and stressful. I took eighteen credits of senior level classes, and yes, there were quite a few meltdowns. But as time passed by I got more acquainted with my schedule and classes became less difficult. Finals absolutely kicked my butt, and my Capstone (senior project) was one of the most fulfilling moments of my life. Finals are never easy, but what doesn’t help is having three finals moved up and crammed into one week! That’s the one thing you can always expect in college, nothing will stay the same, something will always change. But thankfully I got through my finals and pushed myself harder than I ever have before, because this is the end.
My Capstone was unexpected. I wasn’t supposed to graduate this year, but things change. I had to cram any last minute classes into this last semester and I felt unprepared. Working on my Capstone was an incredible experience, I am more than happy to say that my four years here prepared me for writing a book and gave me the tools to do it successfully. Writing a book for my Capstone was not easy, but I did it, and I couldn’t have done it without the incredible professors here at Concordia.
College isn’t supposed to be easy. It requires a lot of effort, dedication, and passion. And that is exactly what I gave all four years. As I look back at my four years here at Concordia, I can remember all of the obstacles that I had to overcome, the hours of homework, and the wonderful experiences. There is something special about college, especially Concordia. There was a time when I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my future. I didn’t know who I wanted to be, or what I wanted to do for a career in the future, but Concordia helped guide me through those tough times, and I had wonderful professors to help in the process. The passion, effort, and communication from my professors is what helped guide me through my college years, and helped set me up for success.
My time here at Concordia has come to an end, and there are moments that make it concrete. Picking up my cap and gown, packing my dorm for the last time, completing finals and last class sessions. These moments are concrete, they help bring reality to the reality I am not ready to face. College was wonderful, and it is hard to say goodbye, but I have to move on to bigger and better things. While I am getting my master’s through Concordia, I will be back home in California and I know it will not be the same. My advice to you is to enjoy it, enjoy it all. All of the homework, the tests, the classes, the professors, and your time on campus, because it will all come to an end eventually, and when it does, you will realize you loved every moment even when those moments were tough.