Graduate College

It begins with this notion that college is exactly like the movies. The parties, the roommates, the freedom. The tear-streaked faces of your parents as they drop you off.

But it’s more than that. Because the best part about it all is you get to make it whatever you want. And in those four years – maybe three, maybe five – you are in a transition period of your life. It’s your first time not living at home, but you’re not living on your own, either. You’re in a dorm and then maybe another, and you are paired with roommates that become your friends or quite the opposite. You learn to become an early riser, or a late riser, because there is a time you’re motivated the most, or maybe because you have to. You take on responsibility and learn to stand up for yourself when you realize your priorities are out of place. You try and you fail, live and learn, are pushed to your breaking point and think the stress will never end.

It’s how you handle these obstacles and find the good times in between that make it worth while. Without those difficult times, the great times would be taken for granted.

Four bittersweet years come and go in the blink of an eye, and you’re left with a piece of paper declaring your expertise in a field that you may or may not find a career with. What you do after that paper is handed to you is completely up to you. It’s how hard you work, how hard you chase those dreams of yours that determines your future.

4 years at Western Kentucky University, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.