Beginning a New Chapter

It is busy over here lately. The year is wrapping up and as always there always seems to be more to do at the end of the semester than at the beginning. I swear the professors pile on as much work as possible just to see if we will break under the pressure.

My supplies to make my graduation announcements came in the mail today, and it hit me just how close I am to finishing my undergraduate career.

It seems like yesterday that my parents were driving me out to Baylor, helping me move into my dorm. Mom driving me crazy, because she knew it was exactly what I needed so that I could say goodbye to them at the end of the day, and dad unexpectedly choking up as my mom pushed him out of the room.

Since then there have been ups and downs, friends have come and gone, but never once have I questioned my choice in coming to Baylor. So many people thought I was just a little crazy by going off to school so far from home, but it is the best choice I have ever made.

Now that these four years are ending, and I look back, I see how much I have changed and I know that I could have never gone anywhere else. I am lucky to call Baylor home for yet another year. But graduate school here will be quite different from undergraduate work. I will be on campus far less, and I hope that in the end this will be a transition year for me, making it easier next summer when I really have to say goodbye to Baylor.

While these past few weeks have been very hectic, and the next two will be even worse, I have found myself enjoying moments with friends, going out just a few more times, and relishing the last hours spent walking the halls of the history department and having conversations with professors.

Baylor will be a different place for me next year. I will be working within a completely different department, and all but a select few of my friends will be moving here and there starting the next chapter in their own lives. I won’t be running into those beloved professors who challenge¬†me daily, and cause me to examine my beliefs. However, I am excited about this new chapter. Monday I signed the lease on my new apartment and I have high hopes that it will be a great experience. And I am ready to begin my master’s program and delve into a whole new area.

Now it is time to address the announcements, finish a pile of papers, read a few more books, go to a couple more classes, take finals, and then proudly display my degree!

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