College. Four years that we bury our noses in books, procrastinate on research papers, make new friends and discover who we are. This is an adventure that no one can be prepared for, there is no manual for how to be successful in college. It is something we have to learn how to do by attending class and doing our work.
2,477. The number of miles I have traveled to come to school here. Being from San Diego, I always had a preconceived notion of what the East Coast was, living here has changed that for me. I have loved all the seasons Slippery Rock has to offer, despite the fact that it is either raining or snowing all year. I will always remember as a freshman, people would ask me “have you ever seen snow before?” Yes, of course I’ve seen snow, but it made me realize how different our perception of the opposite coasts are. I’ve loved living here, it has been so great to me and I really hope to stay on the East Coast in the future.
720. The number of days I spent in college. This has been a long four years, but I have loved every second of it. There hasn’t been a day I woke up and looked out my window and thought to myself that I didn’t like being here. Every trip, homework assignment and deadline I’ve done or met has made this the best time of my life.
50,000 plus. The number of pictures I took in four years at The Rocket. The newspaper has been my pride and joy for the time I have been in school. I still remember walking into the office the first week of my freshman year and telling the editor at the time that I liked to take pictures and was wondering if I could do it here. From that moment on I was attending athletic events and speakers to photograph them for the weekly publications. With my time at The Rocket I have been privileged to win 44 awards and travel all over the United States. The Rocket has truly made my college experience the best it could have ever been.
5. The number of solid friends that I have. A professor once told me “you are most like the five people you surround yourself with” and I feel that I have made that solid group of individuals that will be with me the rest of my life. As the number of brothers in my fraternity surpasses five, I know that I have a well rounded group of people that I will always be close to and that I can rely on in the future.
1. The number of college degrees completed. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am today and I can attribute that to so many people. I wish I had an entire page to write the names of all who have changed my life and helped me along my journey.
Thank you to everyone, and I cannot wait to see where I will go.