Dear College Seniors, This Is Not The End

So it's your senior year of college and basically the whole world is on lockdown, I can relate.

I had a lot planned for this last semester, but I also have a lot planned for the rest of my life. Your senior year might be ending short, but your life is only beginning. It took a lot for me to come to terms with my college years coming to an end. College was always a huge long term goal of mine, when asked about my long term goals, the answer would always be "graduate college," (seriously, it's written in my elementary school yearbook.) While everyone else wanted to become a baseball player or have babies or become a famous pop star, my goal was to go to college because I've always wanted to make a difference in this world we live in.

Now that college is (almost) over along with the lack of closure because it was cut short, it feels like there's nothing left for me to achieve, but there is. College was my one long term goal, but I know there is more out there for me. There will be tons of opportunities beyond college that will allow me to grow and develop into the person I'm trying to become. I am beyond grateful that my school has promised seniors that we will have still a ceremony, even if they ultimately have to reschedule (yay for SUNY!) I'm also excited to move on to new opportunities, get professional experience, and further my education. I hope that all schools find a way to give their graduates the graduation ceremony they dreamed of, but even if it's impossible to attend a ceremony, you still did it! You still graduated college despite all the challenges. All those finals weeks and staying up until 3 a.m. were totally worth it because you get to leave with a degree, proof that you worked so hard and that's a huge achievement that some people can only dream of. You should be proud of yourself, regardless of a flashy commencement ceremony.

You're allowed to be upset at the circumstances, but understand that you still have the chance to change the world and grow as a person. Attending university has expanded your horizons and allowed you to become the thoughtful, intelligent person you are today and no virus or pandemic can take that away from you.

Stay healthy and safe, don't be an idiot and go away for spring break, and make sure you still focus on those online courses to ensure you actually graduate.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Honey has been a staple in my Ayurvedic skincare routine since I was a kid and my grandmother used to make me homemade paste-like face masks by mixing chickpea flour, turmeric, honey, and yogurt together.

I now use honey head to toe — on my hair to make it extra shiny, on my face for its natural smoothing and anti-bacterial properties, and the rest of my body for its extreme textural and brightening benefits. Some people even use it on their armpits for honey's lightening effect on the skin.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

People Are Eating Salads For Breakfast, And It's About Time

As Americans we know we all need to eat more fruits and veggies, why not do it at breakfast?

I first started seeing a dietitian in late 2017. At the time, I was the heaviest I've ever been at about 210 lbs. At the first appointment, my dietitian asked me to record what I ate in a food diary so she could better understand my habits and give me better direction in changing my lifestyle. I did exactly that and returned a week later, diary in hand. After a cursory glance at the pages, she first remarked at how few fruits and vegetables I ate. Deep down I had already known that, but what I didn't know then was that I was far from being alone in that respect. According to a Times article, about 90 percent of Americans don't consume enough fruits and vegetables to meet current dietary guidelines. It's hardly rocket science as to why that is — many of our diets consist mainly of carbs and non-planted based protein. This isn't to say that carbs and protein are the devils; they're both parts of a balanced diet. However, vegetables and fruit are also part of a balanced diet — a part that often gets neglected. So, when I see people on Instagram eating salad for breakfast, I think to myself "It's about time!"

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments