There’s a lot of people that keep on saying “I can’t wait to get out of here,” but college is something to be truly appreciated. Those four years whip right past you, but it is something that has shaped the person I am already, and it’s been three eventful years. I’ve had a ton of memories this past year. There’s certain aspects of college that make it a once in a lifetime experience. I realize that there are specific moments and memories that won’t happen again after I graduate.

When else are you going to be able to walk down the street and drink on your friend’s porch after class? When else are you going to enjoy how easy it is to meet people and have a social life just by asking about someone’s major at a party? There’s a ton of people that are ready to grow up and start their lives. But part of growing up is making mistakes, and college is the place to do that. You’re surrounded by a lot more security with friends and stability. When you leave college, all that security is taken away, and the real world truly begins.

While you’re stressing over finals or packing up your dorm room, take a second to appreciate Plattsburgh. It’s not the most glorious place to be in, but there’s a lot of memories packed in this place as I reflect. There’s a nice feel to going to college in a small town. You can walk downtown easily. When the weather is nice, it’s beautiful. The people are laidback and friendly.

If you’re graduating, let all the memories sink in for a moment and think about some of the milestones you’ve had here. If you’re not graduating, take full advantage of all that Plattsburgh has to offer. You don’t want to look back and wish you did more. At least if you make a few blunders here and there you say “oh well,” rather than “what if?”

I went into freshman year a sheltered person, and I’m a completely different person now. And I’m OK with that. I like that I’ve been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

College has really shaped me in the past three years, and I only have one more year left. In that year, I look forward to taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way, whether it’s with my personal or academic growth.

Email at Kavita Singh at cp@cardinalpointsonline.com

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