When I applied to college, I knew I wanted Seton Hall - no ifs, ands or buts. I had the application sent in the first month of my senior year of high school, and I knew I was in by Thanksgiving.
I knew almost no one coming into college, which always made me a little nervous. But from the best friend I met at Pirate Adventure orientation to the good friends I just got close with this semester, I have always been fortunate with the people I have surrounding me.
One of the things I am most thankful for over these past four years is my involvement in The Setonian.
It's through the newspaper that I met a lot of the people - some already graduated, some still at SHU - that I hope to have in my life for a long time. These were the people I spent my Wednesday nights laughing and complaining with for the last two years. These were the ones who truly understood what I meant when I talked about my classes and internships.
I learned a lot about myself throughout college, both the good and the bad. I learned what I'm capable of and what I still need to work on. I have always been a more introverted person, but I like to think that throughout college, I have come out of my shell a little bit and also learned to use that introversion to my benefit.
After two semesters interning at Good Housekeeping in the city, I realized what it feels like to be an adult -- the freedom, the responsibility, the pressure. All of it has pushed me to see what it is going to be like on May 21 when I can no longer say I am a journalism undergrad at Seton Hall.
I know it is a clich?©, but life truly is a rollercoaster. College has spent the time preparing me for when I get to the top of that first big drop. It's too late to turn back now.
I do not know what's coming. I might have a pit in my stomach, but I have no other choice than to just brace myself, stare what's coming in the face and hope that I'm laughing like a fool when the coaster pulls into the station.
Kristyn Lyncheski is a senior journalism major from Gladstone, NJ. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.