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The End Of College Feels More Like The End Of The World

I am not ready for senior year to end, but I have gained so much over the past few years.

Taylor Caponigro

Today marks the day I consider myself officially old. I am embarking on my senior year at the University of Kentucky and in the simplest terms, I am just not ready for all the lasts that are about to come.

Honestly, the fact that I am already a senior is so wack! I mean, seriously, who allowed me to get so old so fast? I'd like to just say that four years in college definitely fly by way faster than four years in high school. I guess it's because time really does fly when you're having fun. And so without hesitation, the first few weeks of my senior year have already begun and they're hitting me full force. I am so blessed with the relationships and with the memories, I have created over my time here at the University of Kentucky. Looking back on the past three years, I can't help but get sappy and emotional.

My time here has been more than full of memories and love, it's been filled with people and passion. Every day is a new day to wake up to something good. You are in control of your life and if you control it just right every day has a memory worth reflecting on. I have grown so much over these past few years in ways I never imagined I could.

Joining a sorority, I learned there is more to life than having friends who are JUST like you. My friends are the exact opposite of me and because of that, they have shaped me into a person far better than I anticipated. That's the special part about having friends who aren't like you, they make you realize how much greatness is out there. They make the silly interactions and random dance parties mean the most. I will cherish that forever.

Going to class is a privilege. The fact that getting an education is not only at your fingertips, but comes with so much passion is amazing. You make the choice every morning to get up and make yourself into something better than you were the day before. Crazy right? But awesome! You decide your schedule and you make each late night study session and homework assignment important because you know the end result is TOTALLY worth it. College gave me a passion for my school work along with the tools to succeed that I couldn't have learned on my own.

I don't know all the right decisions I made in my life, but I do know to go away to school out of state changed who I am and who I will be. This journey is almost over and even though I am not at all ready to close this chapter of my life, I know it will always be my favorite to read. I have loved every moment here and I wish the experience these past few years have had on me on even my worst enemy. Because when it comes down to it, we all get by with a little help from the memories that make life really, truly, absolutely and completely worth living. Thank you to the University of Kentucky for doing just that and thank you to my sorority for making each day of my college journey be filled with exceptional, unique and empowering individuals. I am in love with this life. Senior year slow down please...

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