In just 18 days I will be sitting in the seats at the IZOD Center awaiting my name to be called so I can walk across the stage and receive my diploma.
Am I excited? Of course! Graduating from college will definitely be a huge accomplishment.
Am I also sad and nervous? Yeah! Who wouldn't be?
Honestly, although I never thought I would be saying this, I am really going to miss this place. Of course, I am not going to miss the term papers, staying up until 6 a.m. studying for a test that was at 8:30 a.m. or the parking headache that I faced almost every day as a commuter.
But I will miss beautiful spring afternoons hanging out on The Green with my friends, spending Wednesday nights laughing and joking around with The Setonian staff, working to plan events with other executive board members of the Communications Honor Society (LPH) and attending many events on campus where I was able to cheer on my fellow pirates.
Seton Hall has truly become my home away from home during these past four years. I have had many good and even a few bad times here.
I've gained invaluable friendships with people that if you asked me four years ago, I would have never thought we even would have crossed paths.
The many professors that I have encountered during my time here have always been helpful and passionate about making sure that their students succeed.
I have also learned so much about myself during this journey in college, I now know, whatever I put my mind to, I can achieve. At times it was extremely hard to balance everything on my plate, internships in the city while still being a full-time student and finding at least a few minutes to hang out with my friends and relax, but I was able to do it.
However, I do have a regret -- not getting involved in school activities sooner. As a commuter, at times I felt alienated from the SHU community because I would get in my car and drive home while residents would be on campus hanging out and going to different events. However, as I began to see all of the great clubs and activities that I could be involved in on campus, I realized I had to get involved.
I started off small finding one club that catered to my interested and attended their meetings.
Before I knew it I was involved in so many different clubs on campus, that I could hardly keep track. But it was being a part of these activities where I created lasting friendships.
My little piece of advice of all undergrads, no matter what year or major, is to get involved on campus. When you join clubs you will meet so many different kinds of people.
As I finish up my last opinion column as opinion editor, I am a little sad but I just want to say, see you later Seton Hall. I really hate good-byes.
Briana Knox is a senior journalism major from South Orange, NJ. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.