Confessions of a Fifth-Year Senior: Goodbyes are Hard
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
I hate goodbyes.
Honestly, on a scale of one to 10, I would probably rate myself well beyond the “Lloyd Christmas” end of the spectrum, if you will (shh… just go).
It is plain and simple. Goodbyes are hard.
I’m just not good at them.
And soon I will have to say goodbye to a place and people that I love.
In just a few days I will be cleaning out my desk in The Spectrum office and moving on to the next phase in my life.
I recently accepted my first “big kid” job, and because of certain circumstances have been asked to start part-time until I graduate in December.
And, as excited as I am to start my career as a young professional, I am sad to leave behind a place that I have considered my second home for the past, nearly, four years.
Working for The Spectrum has been more than just a part-time job during college—it has been the place I have formed countless meaningful relationships and where I have fostered a deep passion for writing and the art of journalism.
Without The Spectrum, my college career would have been far less enjoyable and I would not have grown into the individual that I have become today.
Had I not taken a chance back in the spring of 2010, to become a part of The Spectrum staff I do not know if I would be able to look back on my days at NDSU with such joy, as I do, when I look back now. A joy I hope every student who leaves this campus will find.
Life presents us with many opportunities. It is our responsibility to take them.
Not to have regrets… not to hesitate. But rather to have confidence and take every opportunity we have to learn…to better ourselves.
It is in these decisions that we become better people.
I know that my time spent in The Spectrum office has made me a better person. This is not just because of the positions I have held or the title on my name plate….this improvement has come from the help of people I once called my co-workers and now call my friends. And for that, I am truly grateful.
If I can offer up any advice, it would be to take every opportunity that comes your way.
Go for it.
As far as saying my goodbyes to The Spectrum, I think I’ll skip those and say, “See you later.” After all, I do hate goodbyes.