So this is it.

This is the last Burekrat column I will be publishing as opinions editor for Cardinal Points. The word that most think of is “bittersweet,” and I hate to use that word because it’s so cliché, but I can’t think of another word to describe it.

I’m not graduating, but I will not be returning to Cardinal Points next semester, so that I may have more free time to dedicate to making a difference in the community. That’s not to say I won’t stop contributing occasional articles to Griffin Kelly, next semester’s opinions editor.

I’ve had a blast intellectually discussing topics such as interracial marriage, the rise of ISIS, stereotyping of Greek life and countless others, as well as writing about more light-hearted subjects like what color that damn dress is.

All of this has been done sitting behind a computer in the office — my second home. I’ve burned the midnight oil plenty of times, as well as taken many naps on the “CP couch.” Sometimes I wonder if I’ve spent more time in here than my actual bedroom. Definitely.

There have been rocky moments with me, but I am going to miss the paper and those who are graduating.

Brittany Shew. Fuse editor. Shew’s Views. Thank you for encouraging me to run for my position. I’ll miss watching “Portlandia” and calling you Candice. You offer some of the best tips, and I admire all of the things you do outside of the paper.

Zach and Brian, I couldn’t have asked for two better editors. The amount of dedication and passion you have for Cardinal Points is inspiring, and the younger staff should look up to you and mold their work ethic after yours.

For everyone else who is graduating, good luck in everything you do. I know you have it in you to accomplish whatever you desire.

Nick, Rachel and Bailey, I’ve become incredibly close with you all this year, and I’m extremely grateful for your friendship. The amount of times we’ve laughed together has brightened my not-so-good days. I’ll miss Nick telling me to shut up in the office after every time I say something stupid.

Some of us are leaving together to write for DoNorth magazine. Nick, I’m excited to work with you again and can’t wait to see what you have to offer to the magazine.

To the younger ones who are stepping into new editor positions, I have some advice for you. At times, you’re going to feel tired, have writer’s block and cringe over poorly written articles. The important fact to remember, though, is you have it in you. No matter how frustrated you get, you can’t let it get to you. I’ve let it get to me before, and as a result, I plunged into bouts of misery. Not fun.

If you take it day by day, you’ll find that it’ll make life much easier.

I have no qualms about giving Griffin Kelly the reins to the opinions section. He will keep you all entertained with his humorous and thought-provoking writing. You’re going to kill it, bro. Keep doing great things, and you’ll find yourself successful in your endeavors. Just be sure you come up with a good name for your column. I know it’s difficult to beat The Burekrat, but you’ll figure something out.

So, with all of this said, peace out, y’all. I’m going to Disney Land!

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