“Hey, how does it feel to be a…” DON’T SAY IT!

“Are you excited that you’re going to…” I CAN’T HEAR YOU LALALALALA!

These are my reactions to the innumerable questions I am receiving about my last year of college. I am refusing to let anyone drop the “S-word” or the “G-word” in my presence – and if you haven’t figured it out, those stand for senior and graduate (both of which I am remise to type.)

My reactions are both an attempt to be amusing, and to delay the inevitable, likely emotional confrontation with the idea that I am, in fact, a senior in my last year at Gannon, and that I will indeed be graduating come May.

It is both an exciting and terrifying idea. It is terrifying in the sense that I will be leaving a place I’ve come to call home, leaving people that I consider not just my friends, but my second family, and likely heading somewhere completely new with completely new people. That being said, it’s nothing I am not used to, having previously moved five times in the first 13 years of my life.

As I said, it’s not only terrifying, but exciting as well. It will be exhilarating to not just meet new people, but to make new friends and family, and not to just go somewhere unknown, but to find a new home.

The most exciting aspect of all is the untold opportunities that are waiting wherever I may go – especially for my career. This semester I begin applying to graduate schools, hoping to receive interviews in the spring, and having a new school awaiting me once I move that tassel from right to left.

Gannon University’s motto, “Believe in the possibilities” does not only apply at Gannon and in Erie, but it is true everywhere. I believe in, and am excited for, the possibilities that this year holds.

Let’s just hope I don’t get senioritis.