So this will be my last blog! I honestly hope that you have all enjoyed reading my blog!
For this last one, I figured that I would reflect on some amazing times that I have had at NIU.
I remember my freshman year and moving in with my roommate, Madison. Oh geez, that was a fabulous year and I can’t believe that it was almost a complete 4 years ago. I had so much fun with Madison, late night talks, watching TV and eating dinner together, and working out together! There were also these three girls who lived in the triple my freshman year as well and they were great because they really helped me transition to the university and discover what NIU had to offer me.
My sophomore year, I remember that I had decided that I was going to apply to be an orientation leader(OL)…best decision of my life. I was selected to be an OL in February and training began and I had a great spring and summer. It had been such a huge impact on my life and I would not be in the position I am today without that wonderful experience. I met my mentors during my time working with orientation and plan to keep in contact with those individuals throughout my graduate school career and professional career.
My junior year: first apartment! Wow, talk about an experience. I loved my first apartment and my roommates were great! It was a fantastic opportunity for me to have more responsibility. I met so many people my junior year and that year also helped me to be more mature about living on my own. In addition, I turned 21 that year, so that was fun finally being able to check out the bar scene. That was also an awesome birthday too, my parents surprised me with a party and then we went to the casino that night! It was a blast. J It was also the year that I decided to go to graduate school somewhere – how exciting!
My senior year: WOW. That is the only word I can think of that describes my senior year. I researched and applied to graduate schools literally all over the country. I took some amazing classes that I really enjoyed. I developed close relationships with the people in my classes and had some amazing times the first semester with them. This spring semester has been a complete whorl wind. I had an internship with academic advising, I was able to travel to South Carolina and California, I interviewed for different positions, I met and networked with many individuals, explored the areas I visited, met new friends, gained an internship for the summer at U of I, I attended two amazing conferences, and I had the best time doing it all. It was exhausting but honestly, I know that it is all leading me towards an amazing future. Looking back, I can’t believe that it has been four years; it doesn’t feel like I am a senior who has graduated.
Honestly, it is still unbelievable to me that I have graduated and have a degree. These four years certainly went extremely quick and it is so hard to believe that I have hit the next chapter in my life. A whole new chapter that gives me an opportunity to start again in a new place! I may not know what the next few years hold, I am taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best and that is all we can do in these situations and it is so exciting…nerve-wrecking yes, but absolutely exciting!
Good luck with whatever your future holds!!
Senior Family and Child Studies major from Joliet, IL