It is crazy for me to think that the thought of leaving Seton Hall has me so upset when my first visit here was a "why not check this place out" sort of situation. I was about 95 percent set on going to a different school in New York and playing basketball there when I received the open house flier in the mail. I thought that I might as well give it a shot and hopped in the car with my mom to my eventual second home.
I don't know what had caught me about this place that miserable rainy day, but I couldn't be happier that I chose to be a Pirate. Pirate Alerts, 5 a.m. fire alarms and Cryan's closing aside, this place has truly me into a person I am so proud to be.
I constantly hear people saying that they cannot wait to graduate, and I will admit, last year amongst some hard classes I thought I was ready to say goodbye to South Orange and go pretend to be a real functioning adult in the business world. It is actually comical how wrong I was just a year ago about how I thought I would currently feel.
I can already envision the amount of tears that will be free falling on the day of graduation when I have to leave all my friends and the comfort that this place provides. To those thinking they want to get out of here as fast as they can, I ask you to just pause and reflect. If you are having an absolutely miserable time here, you are most likely doing it wrong.
College can be hard. Sure, you have homework and you go to class for a few hours a week, but college is ultimately a giant sleepover with your friends.
If you need someone to talk to, you have plenty of options. I learned, a little later than I would have liked, that the ability to surround yourself with people you adore is truly the greatest blessing that college could ever give you. So, if you are sitting by yourself doing homework immerse yourself with those you care about, because the little memories are what matter and you will miss them before they are even gone, like I am right now.
If you feel you don't have those connections just yet, join a new club, go to that party you were just contemplating or sit next to someone new on a warm day on the green. I say this because feeling a little foolish or intimated is going to be better than sitting in your cubicle a few years from now wishing you took better advantage of your four years here.
I am still in the stage of denial about graduating and I hope that all of the days until May 20 drag by. Of course, I will face the day when it comes with pride and happiness about my achievements but I know that I wouldn't have the same smile on my face if I had spent the last four years of my life anywhere but here.
Stephanie Vedral is a senior sports management major from Yonkers, NY. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.