They say you get out of it what you put into it. And they say it will be over in no time.
They were right.
Graduation is an achievement we will hopefully all experience within the next few years.
For me, that time has come sooner than anticipated.
Though I will miss the spontaneous naps and personal chefs, I am fully prepared to unfold the next chapter in my life.
The feeling of contentment is satisfied by a glance over my own undergraduate checklist.
Among many things, I have joined a sorority and met friends who will ride along for the next journey.
I have done an internship against my mother’s wish, opposed to the expenses involved, and I have completed the classes — and then some — required to graduate.
The time has come for all of us anticipating graduation to take the next few days to experience what we have not done and appreciate the things we have done.
Given the opportunity, it is unclear whether I would go back and do it all over again. It is more of a “been there, done that” type of feeling and aforementioned, it is time to move on.
However, I am very thankful for the opportunities allotted to me as an undergraduate, specifically the opportunities offered from organizations to which I was involved.
If I can tell you one thing, it is to get involved and stay involved.
There is nothing sadder than simply going to college for a degree alone.
Do not forget about the various sports teams, multicultural organizations, social groups, media groups, etc.
Prospective employers are not simply looking for college graduates, they are looking for grads who have well-rounded experience to support their degrees.
Saying you have graduated from college is one thing, but saying you have graduated and have written for The Slate, or anchored for Shippensburg University Television, or sung in the choir places you on a higher level than the applicants without these experiences.
Shippensburg University offers nearly 200 different clubs and organizations for students to become involved in.
There is no reason for a student to not get involved in extra-curricular activities.
Join the choir. Write for SUTV. Host a show for WSYC -— SU’s campus radio. Audition for Act V Productions. Join the Adventure Club, or Activities Program Board, or Chess Club-— yes we have one of those at SU.
Get involved. Put yourself out there and offer yourselves bragging rights. Earn bragging rights from having articles or photographs published in print, or for holding executive positions for campus organizations.
Do what it takes to satisfy and further complement that hard-earned college degree. After all, what is college without the experiences and achievements we face and earn?