Off With the Rose-Colored Glasses

hope-steffensonBy Hope Steffensen

Let’s start with a few cliché’s regarding the fast-paced nature of college. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a freshman? Am I really a senior? Time flies when you are having fun! It just went so fast….

Time, that ever-constant river which stops for no man, does seem to hit the rapids when it comes to college. Time also changes your perspective. Gone are the rosy glasses of freshman year and the overwhelming optimism of sophomore year where every little thing was new and exciting. Life’s up and downs are not inoculated on campus. While some tests go well, some tests end with less than ideal grades. Some applications are successful, while others get polite rejection notices. Some locked doors open, while some windows of opportunity slam shut. College is full of failure and success.

College is not always enjoyable. Part of the college experience is learning to see the good even when the sun isn’t shining. It’s learning to keep your chin up even when you feel like you didn’t do your best work on your last paper, and you haven’t heard from one of your best friends in weeks. It’s pushing through midterms while dealing with nerves about what comes after life at UT-Dallas. College is about learning to see beyond the tyranny of the moment and being willing to endure momentary discomfort for a greater goal. College is not the end-all, it is a means to an end.

For many of us, the end goal is to gain an education which can further our professional careers while giving us new insights regarding how we look at the world. That is why, even on the tough days, time here at UT-Dallas has been time well-spent. So, here’s to my last year as a Comet. It should be a great finale.

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