Senioritis and the will to continue forward

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Benz de Marshall Pierre | Staff Writer

For seniors, the four years of painstakingly pursuing a degree are inches closer to an end. The rush to graduate is contagious. We are eager to ignore all our academic commitments to navigate life as independent adults. 

When we began as freshmen, we were awaiting new experiences and knowledge. Now, we’ve grown and learned a good deal about ourselves and the profession of our choice. 

As we become rightly thrilled to graduate, some of us may experience sharp anxiety once we ask ourselves what to do with our lives. Perhaps you’ve found new passions and broken your commitments to your initial degree. We’ve matured, but it’s not hard to imagine that we need to improve still. 

As we look for employment tailored to our major, we’ll sadly need to be realistic. The world does not always value the input of a novice who hasn’t distinguished himself in anything. It’s natural for our drive to dampen with these obstacles.

For those who’ve worked throughout their undergrad years, you’re familiar with the chaotic work environment. If you were lucky to work in your chosen profession, you’ve already acquired an astute understanding of what it entails. 

Those who couldn’t secure employment in their field of study during their first three years will find career fairs useful. The job market is hungry for capable minds willing to reinforce their company. 

But making money wasn’t why we’ve chosen the halls of an academic institution. Expanding our horizons and living worthwhile experiences with like-minded people is another benefit to our university education. 

We’ve met students from rich backgrounds who have left their imprints on us. They have shared their stories, culture and anguish and, in turn, made us better scholars and people.

Now that we approach the end, at the end of the day, we’re confident that we know best. We are not narrow-minded. Our time here is molding us to advance the interests of a society that expands freedom and not restricts it.

Regardless of the unflattering criticisms against us, we must continue to march on. We can either procrastinate or prove ourselves up to building a better future. 

We should be sharply aware of what comes next. Every assignment, every grade, every lecture and every exam means that we are nearer to the end. They are a relevant thread leading to the final result. 

You have courageously braved the seas of college life, you have conquered your deficiencies, and you have become better. 

As this semester gets underway, we will continue to be sculpted by college life and its obligations. In the end, we are Panthers, and it’s with pride and resilience that we cross the last bridge. 


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