June of 2017 was the first time I set foot on Adrian College’s campus. It was sneak peek day. My parents and I were going through the different activity booths that clubs from campus had set up, along with meeting some of the faculty and administrators. I got to meet my roommate for the first time and we were already making plans as to how we were going to arrange our new accommodations in Davis Hall.
On the inside, though, I was a complete wreck.
I have been struggling with anxiety since high school. High-stress situations surrounding coursework would frequently send me into a panic, and I had no idea how I was going to cope with transitioning into college life. Even though I was scared of the future, I pushed through anyway. I met some of my new peers on the class trip to Chicago during welcome week. While I did have fun, there was always a voice inside me telling me that college was going to be some of the worst years of my life. That voice couldn’t have been more wrong.
As I look back at my four years at Adrian, there will be countless memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I remember the first time I went to a party (barely). I remember the first time I walked into a class with my fellow communication majors, who would end up becoming some of my closest friends. I remember my first Ribbons of Excellence day, where I, a kid who dreaded public speaking, was now part of the Williams Oratorical competition reciting a speech under the persona of Charles Dickens. That was all just in my freshman year.
I got involved. I started joining clubs and making friends that would help me figure out what I wanted to do for a living after college. I joined College World as a staff writer who wasn’t sure if he could even type up a simple football recap story in 2018. Today, I’m writing to you as the managing editor. I went into the communication arts department thinking I was just going to go to class and leave, not once thinking about committing to projects that didn’t directly affect my grade. I ended up joining the Adrian College media group, where I’m now the Vice President. I helped some fellow students and a professor work on a documentary film that ended up winning awards at film festivals across the country. I ended up becoming a part of the student advisory committee for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Never in a million years would I have thought of myself being a part of so many things while committing to my studies, but that’s the beauty of a place like Adrian, it changes you. It molds you into a person that you never thought you could become. It challenges you to go outside of your comfort zone and come out the other side with a new perspective on yourself and the world around you. If any seniors are reading this, I’m sure you can agree with me.
As I sit down writing this, I am being flooded with these wonderful memories. I can’t thank Adrian College enough for what it has done for me. This college has molded me into a man that my freshman self wouldn’t even recognize. The faculty that I worked with, my peers that I have worked alongside, my friends that dragged me out of my room on a Saturday night more times than I could count, every one of you holds a special place in my heart.
For the seniors that are reading this, I want you to take this opportunity these next couple of weeks to thank those around you. Go to your favorite professor and tell them how much their mentorship and teaching have impacted you. impacted you. Go to your classmates and thank them for the countless hours you all worked together late at night. Go to your friends and thank them for all of the Saturday nights, because we all know those will be gone come May 2.
Even though this might mark the end of a chapter in our lives, it is the beginning of a bright new one. I hope to see you all again soon.
Thanks for the memories.