Diary of a Second Semester Senior: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Graduation

re·birth

rēˈbərTH/

noun

1.   the process of being reincarnated or born again.

“the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth”

As I enjoy this strangely warm, February weather, one thought is constant in my brain: there are less than ninety-five days left for me to enjoy this collegiate experience. For some, this is close to a death sentence. “Where did the years go?”, “Am I prepared?”, or “I do not want to leave my friends” are just a few of the worries. It is my personal belief that this is the wrong way to view the situation.

This is rebirth. Everything we have learned over the past four or so years has reached its capstone. Concepts that were far from reach Freshman year are now our best friends. The world does not seem so big anymore. If you want to move two thousand miles away from here and never see another Iowa winter, what is stopping you?

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This is rebirth. The person you were in college does not have to be the person you will be after graduation. Sure, there are methods of staying here longer, but those are not easy. For some, graduate school is a must. For others like me, this is it – the end of the line for a while. A collective sum of eighteen years – if you went to pre-K – have been devoted to school and the crescendo is about to crash. “So now what, what am I to do?”, you may ask. Anything.

This is rebirth. Get out and do what you want. The world is full of opportunity; you just need to look at it that way. The ice caps are melting, honey bees are dying at an alarming rate, and the political environment may not be the most favorable; but what is stopping you from living? Be active, recycle, become a beekeeper, or protest. That is up to you, but you must stop living in fear.

Like it or not, graduation is upon us and you should not be afraid. With the piece of paper that St. Ambrose University is giving you, the world is yours. Get out, make a difference, and carry on the legacy of being Ambrosian. This is your new life. This is rebirth.

By Jonah Niedermeier

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