- Letters to Editor
Since coming to Eastern I have grown so much as a person. I have taken on responsibility and I have accomplished some great things.
When I first came to Eastern as a freshman, 2013 felt so far away. But now I’m here.
Everyone always asks ‘what are you going to do when you grow up?’ Well, ‘when I grow up’ is next week.
I’m ready for the real world but I’m sad to leave campus and the friends I’ve made.
Things won’t be the same come next fall when classes start again and I’m not moving back to campus.
I’ll never get to dance on the floor of the Alumni Coliseum with the dance team again or write another column for The Progress.
But I also won’t be finishing a project at 3 a.m. or eating cafeteria food every single day.
This transition from life at Eastern to the real world is the most bittersweet move I’ve ever made.
I have gotten to do so much here. Through the dance team I have met some of the sweetest most talented girls and performed in places like the University of Kentucky’s football field, the University of Louisville’s football field and on a national stage in Florida.
Through The Progress and the Society of Professional Journalists I have gotten to make my voice heard, travel to places like Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis and Lexington, and I have made so many important connections.
Most importantly I have made some of the best and closest friendships at The Progress. My friends at The Progress are like family and that’s going to be one of the hardest things for me not coming back to Eastern is not getting to see them every day.
But I do feel like Eastern has prepared me for the real world and it’s time to take the next step. If college was this good, life from here on has got to be even better.
My Eastern experience was the full package but it did come with a lot of work. I think I averaged about three hours of sleep each night and I may have stressed the little things more than I should have but I think it was worth it in the end. While I am a pretty independent person, I hate asking for help and I’m often too quiet, I couldn’t have done it without my fiancé, friends and professors. They have kept me mentally stable and pushed me to be my best always.
I have learned how wonderful it feels and what great rewards you can receive from putting your heart and fullest efforts into something. I never feel completely accomplished in anything because I always feel like I can do more. But now it’s all starting to fall into place and it feels great.
I am so sad to go but Eastern will always be in my heart and I’m proud to say that a little piece of me will remain at Eastern in the sideline dances at basketball games and in The Eastern Progress achieves.