Honestly, I’m Sad to See You Go
We’ve spent a lot of time together. Some of that time was mutual, and some of it was required. I don’t necessarily remember the first time I met you, but I will never forget you. You have been such an important part to who I have become, that I can’t imagine what I will do without you. You have shaped me into who I am and have given me direction for who I want to become.
Over the last four years, you have taught me how to be a leader. You have challenged my way of thinking. You have pushed the limits of what I thought I was capable of, all while maintaining just the right amount of brutal honesty and sarcasm. I can’t think of a single time where you have “phoned it in,” even though I would have preferred that you had, on occasion.
You have shown me a different way of doing life, and now I will never be the same. A way that I could not have imagined was possible when I first arrived at your door. Maybe it’s the peace that comes from the finality of it all or maybe it’s just the bliss of achievement. Either way, I’m sad to see you go.
As I look back at the approaching end of so many undergraduate careers, I couldn’t help but think about the gratitude I have for my time as an undergraduate. I distinctly remember the following conversation,
Me: “They say that college is the best time of your life, right?”
Random Fraternity Brother: “Yeah, why?”
Me: “Well, if that is the case, the rest of my life is going to suck!”
I cringe this was my approach to the lessons I was being taught during that time. And like most of the thoughts and opinions I had as an undergraduate, a shift has occurred. In some cases, the change occurred because I was blatantly wrong (see above) but in other cases, the change has occurred because I was challenged to see whatever it was, in a different light by someone who had seen more life than me.
I now know “the more I see, the less I know” (credit John Lennon), and I am okay with that. I only hope that, as you read this, you will eventually get to the point where you look back upon your undergraduate career and remember it fondly. Whether we interacted or not; whether I challenged you or I let you slide; I hope you look back at your time as an undergraduate and think, “Honestly, I am sad to see you go.”