“I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them” – Andy Bernard. This quotation sums up how it feels to be a senior. It is strange to look back to the very beginning of my time here, and to think about how far everyone, including myself, has come since then. Although everyone has different experiences, no one can deny that it was a phase of their life. I am glad that I will be able to look back on this time with fond memories and remembrances. In addition, I am grateful for all the people I have met and made friendships with that have made it all worthwhile. All of the people here have made it an unforgettable experience for me. We were all able to call this place home for the last few years, and for that, I am thankful.
Some people are probably excited to move on and begin the rest of their lives in the so-called “real world”. Others are trying to hold onto every minute of this experience. I would hope that everyone is able to look back on these years and smile. This is truly the last time that we will ever be living in a setting like this, with our best friends at right at our fingertips. When senior, Evan Ott, was asked about his experience this year – he replied, “It’s been a lot of fun; we all live in our own little neighborhood right near each other. The senior class is awesome and everyone is really friendly. I really couldn’t ask for more. I’ll definitely miss it.” I couldn’t have said it any better. Sometimes, we get caught up in the pressures of being a college student – the dreaded group meetings, late night studying, writing papers, office hours, etc. In hindsight, all of that wasn’t so bad. If anything, it brought people closer together. All that I have been through here has molded and shaped me into the person that I am today, and I know that I tend to take it for granted sometimes. My advice to any prospective students, or those who still have a little more time, would be to take advantage of all the new opportunities and experiences you are introduced to here. It doesn’t hurt to get out of your comfort zone and try something you have never done before. Being friendly and open with everyone makes for a more enjoyable experience, as four years goes by in a blink. It is strange to go into everything this year thinking “this is the last.” With that mindset, an insignificant happening becomes a valuable memory. You tend to look at things differently when you know it is coming to an end. Upon graduation, everyone is going to be moving in all different directions, near and far. Bryant is the glue that holds us together and unites us. Wherever we will go in the future, a piece of Bryant University will always come with us.