The last few weeks of school are a time for closure, a time to finish up all of the work you put off, and a time to get ready for the extended break before returning next year. However, for graduating seniors, there will never be a return as a student to Adrian College.
As undergraduates, we all need to take some time out of our busy schedules in the next few weeks to spend as much time as possible sending off the seniors. This does not mean treat them as if they are the most precious beings on the planet, but to just simply hang out with them, as you normally would. Go to a movie, indulge in some adult beverages (as long as you are an adult,) whatever you would do on a regular basis. Do not make them feel ostracized by their upcoming graduation. Create some new memories with these new graduates before they leave; give them something to remember about you and their college experience. When you are a senior, you will want the same treatment.
While saying your goodbyes to the seniors in these final days, absorb everything you can from them. Regardless of your age and class, there is a lot of valuable information that is stored in the minds of the seniors. Probe them for anything that will help you get through college and graduate, just as they are about to do. They will be able to offer incredible advice, and maybe teach you a few things that will assist you in succeeding in your own college career. Seniors, just like anyone, enjoy being looked up to and asked questions, so lend your ears and listen to some of their experiences.
The seniors are all graduating for a reason, because they worked hard and were dedicated to their studies. They should be looked up to as role models, as people that we all aspire to be; college graduates. Note their work habits, and everything that has helped them to succeed, and take it to heart. Do your best to mimic their actions, learning one thing from them can go a long way.
For the seniors, congratulations on your amazing achievement. In graduating from a higher education institution, you have accomplished something that the majority of people in America have not. Take some time to celebrate the diploma that you have earned. Yet, do not become complacent, everyone invested in his or her education for a reason, to attain a job in their field of study. Do not settle for a minimum wage job, or a job that is in a completely different area than you would like to work in. Search diligently and find a job worthy of your hard work and the degree you have earned. You have put forth so much time and effort at AC; now it is time to get paid back, both monetarily and with a job that you enjoy.
Both graduating seniors and undergraduates, do all in your power to make these last days of school at AC memorable for those not coming back next year. Spend the final days with each other, and relive all of the memories that you have all had with one another.
Seniors, never forget your time at AC and we will make sure to never forget the legacy that each and every one of you has left after graduation.