The beginning of a person’s senior year of college is bittersweet. It’s the beginning of the first of the lasts; the last first day of school. The first game in our last football season as students. The last fall semester we have on Ohio State’s campus. Inevitably as we make our way through this year, the list will continue to grow. Our last Mirror Lake Jump. Our last home football game as students. Our last sorority recruitment. Our last semester.
I’ll admit – it’s hard not to get sad when I think about all of this. This life that we’ve grown so accustomed to over the last three years is coming to an end and there’s not much we can do about it. College was the first time we all left home and lived on our own for the first time. However, we always went back and when we went back there was never anything to worry about. We aren’t yet truly on our own.
This all being said, I believe my senior year of college will be my best year. I’m surrounded by my best friends. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the Undisputed National Champions. We are more than established with our respective organizations, serving as those people who the younger members look up to. I think back on the last three years – especially last year – and I think, “How am I going to top this?”
I’ll tell you. I’m going to live 100% in the present. I challenge you to do the same. There are too many things about college that we take for granted that once these years are finished that we will never going to have again. Cherish every moment you can get with your friends. One of your best friends asks you to go grocery shopping with him? Go. That’s more time spent together because who knows where you both will be this time in a year. Go to that OUAB event despite having an exam the next day. Hell, go out to Toos on Tuesday despite having an exam on Wednesday. These are the final months spent in the place that has become our home, and we need to take complete advantage of that.
This year will be filled with stress, anxiety and definitely a lot of tears. But through all of that, this will be the year that I make the best memories with my best friends at the best school in the country. I am so insanely excited. So here’s to senior year; to the last times we spend too much money spent on shitty alcohol at campus bars, to the last times we actually worry about preparing for exams and to the last times we will willingly go into establishments like Bullwinkles. It’s going to be a great year. Go Bucks.