December 14, 2013
New Student Blogger: Aleek Sherikian
USC has been my home for the past three years and I am pretty sure it will feel like home for the rest of my life. As a senior at USC I feel a great sense of pride, not only because I attend an amazing university, but also because USC has given me the tools to succeed while in school and after I graduate. There are a few more months left until graduation (153 days to be exact!) and I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.
Although graduating might be an exciting and satisfying accomplishment in life, the thought makes me feel a little uncomfortable and uneasy at times. Graduating means that I will no longer be a full time student who only has to worry about getting an A on the next exam; it means that I have to start making real life decisions that will impact the rest of my life. This is not to discredit any of the decisions or hard work I have invested throughout my journey while in college, but the thought of graduating is kind of like splashing your face with cold water every morning. It is a wake up call! You are constantly reminded that the decisions you have made up to this point and the ones you will continue to make are very important in life. See, you and I are very similar. Just like you, I will be trying to plan where I will be and what I will be doing next fall. You will be deciding which university is right for you and I will be looking for which job or continuing education path is right for me. Over the past four years in high school you have made an investment in your future. You joined multiple school organizations, you dedicated your time for volunteer work, and you did well on your SAT’s and AP exams. I hope you believe me when I say that when you graduate, all your hard work and commitment will be worth it.
So if you are a high school senior feeling scared or excited, or both, don’t stress out over graduating! You should know that you have successfully accomplished a phase in your life that has prepared you for the world of higher education. Just like me, you will learn that the transition to college is going to be challenging, exciting, and educational all at the same time. You will need to make important decisions; like what major to declare, whether or not you should study abroad, if you should join multiple student organizations, or if you should have your fifth slice of pizza at EVK dining hall… Just remember that college is the time to learn more about who you are as well. Senior year, whether you are in high school or college, should be about preparing for the next phase in your life. In a few months, we will all be seated in a large auditorium, our names will be announced, we will walk across a stage, a diploma will be handed to us, then walk off the stage with a smile (maybe some tears), and think about how exciting and impatient we are for the future.
But until then, enjoy what is left of your senior year and continue to work on those applications!
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