The most common question I get as the semester wraps up is how I feel about graduating.
To be honest, it’s bittersweet.
Not only because this is the last piece that I’ll write for The Setonian, but because everything from this point on in my life is unknown and I hate that. Not even an agenda can help me figure out what to do next.
I recently submitted a handful of applications for graduate school for clinical psychology, which is extremely selective. Although I feel like I have a decent amount of experience, I don’t know if that will be enough and that makes me uneasy.
On the other hand, I’m excited to be done early. I get some time to focus on myself, something that is hard to do when going to school because there isn’t something due.
I enjoyed every opportunity that I had on campus. Even as a commuter for almost four years, I met some of the greatest people here, not only in the newspaper, but in classes and through other people.
I was able to try new activities, such as being part of the newspaper. I started working with The Setonian as a photographer, a hobby that began in high school.
When I applied for an executive board position during my junior year, it was surprising that I was selected for an editor position in the campus life section. I made sure that the editor- in- chief at the time knew that I had zero journalism experience, yet he said it was okay. I never thought about being a writer, much less an editor.
As I’m preparing to graduate, I feel like there’s a lot that is out of my control and that’s okay. I can complain about it, but it doesn’t increase my chances of getting into a graduate school or some miracle where I suddenly know what to do next.
I want to thank everyone that I’ve worked with at The Setonian. Serena and Peyton, who took the time to teach me about writing and editing when I became copy editor. Emma, for being an amazing editor- in- chief and who allowed me to stay in the paper until the end.
Kimberly Fallas is a senior psychology honors major from Gladstone, New Jersey. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org