Man oh man oh man oh man.
These last weeks will be the end of one road, and the path to a new one for many people at Penn State and across the nation. After crunching through finals and the tons of stress and work that come alongside them, students are beginning to realize just how crazy life is about to get.
They’re going to part ways with old friends, but are ready to make new ones. Leaving loved institutions and homes to bigger and wider places. They’ll be dropping old work to turn over a new leaf and begin working on brand new projects. This summer they’ll be interning, getting paid at part-time/full-time jobs. They’ll be going abroad for studies, or taking classes at the local community college to try and graduate early. Some will be screaming their hearts out on their first roller coaster at Six Flags, while others will relax for the first time in months with a big book and a nice cup of green tea (that sounded really cheesy).
Some people will regret things they have done, or regret not doing things they wish they had done. Some will have no regrets and look towards the future with bright hopes. Some will have learned from their mistakes and vow to do better, some won’t recognize the mistakes until they repeat them.
Whatever is going on, it’s been pretty crazy…for everyone. I thought I would go around and ask people a couple questions about the past years at Penn State, and just life in general. The “” brackets indicate my own little footnote on the quotation/statement:
“Who or what will you miss the most from this year that you won’t have next year?”
“What I’ll miss the most is the unified feelings of family, belonging, and camaraderie at Abington that I know will not be matched at UP. Therefore, I will miss the people here more than anything. Everyone at Abington is so friendly and accepting; it’s great to feel so welcomed and appreciated.” – Chris
“I’ll miss the comfort of Abington. I felt like I belonged and fit in – a feeling that I’ve never really had before! It takes a long time for me to feel comfortable somewhere and leaving Abington for a completely new place will throw me for a loop!” – Lauren
“The campus, the school, people, COW (Community Outreach Workers)…of course I’ll miss the computer lab, my first job, teachers (Newman, Sessa, Dr. Cappelotti), best-friend Elizabteh. Not going to miss catching the bus to school.” – Danielle
“UPark” – Jeffy. [Simple enough, and congrats graduate]
“Easy A professors [she said this with the utmost respect], 1-1 connections with professors [see, she means it], Woodland building (347, cafe), friends such as you[ 😀 ]…what I wont miss: Parking Problems!” – Roshnii
“After I’m married this weekend [May 10, congrats Angela and Suren!] one of my best friends is getting married and moving to California for good. She’s my favorite Indian (no offense, but Persis John is one heck of a woman) and I don’t know what I’m going to do without her. It’s selfish of me, but I wish he’d move to her instead). She’s my biggest support system next to Suren!” – Angela
“I will miss the students that are either transferring or are graduating, that have somehow made an impact on my life. I will miss the professors that I have had this year and I hope to stay in contact with” – Bre
“I’ll miss people who are leaving too.” – ‘Emma’
“I can tell you what I won’t miss, all the hard ass classes I took this semester. My teachers showed no mercy. However I will also miss a lot of people that will be moving up to Upark or just to other schools or graduating.” – Fab
Without a doubt I’ll miss my best friend Jairus James, every single day – Zaib. [and I’ll be missing you Zaib. (At this, Pooja begin vomiting)]
“I am going to miss all the people that are going to upark, or graduated. I have spend the last two years with them, its going to be different without them. I grew with them, and they mean a lot to me. #nitwits.” – Roshan
“I’m gonna miss some good friends who are [transferring] to u park.” – Steve A.
“The ease of hanging out with friends (it’s ALOT harder now).” – Charles V.
“Walking down the hall and chillen with like 15 people. Staying up late with people and working towards that common goal.” – Justin
One big response I received was Mrs. Stephanie Yoder (aka O’Dea); many of her music students (such as Princess Consuela Banana-hammock and myself included), responded saying how great of a teacher and person she is; Mrs. O’Dea is moving up to Boston so it is going to be tough for all of us who have spent the years with her in Abingtones and music class.
“Are there any regrets you have from these past few years?”
“I wish I started my minor earlier, because now I have to take summer classes in order to not have to do credit overload.” – Bre
“Wished I had minored in English, wished I had gotten my drivers license; they used to have buses that ran after 6:20, but now they don’t and it’s annoying. To fix this, the best I could do is take a few English classes, see what I can do with it in graduate school or community college. – Danielle
“…I regret thinking that PSU is the only good college in America. I also regret not trying harder to take out student loans so I could dorm away from home at PSU. I regret taking off a semester of school to work (even though I go to school full time now anyway), the taste of money controls me now, so I’ll always have to go to school AND work, not just go to school.” – Steve S.
“I regret not making calc wait!” – ‘Emma’
” I regret taking calc, physics and chemistry together. It set me back a semester.” – Steve A.
“I wish I stood by my faith more, especially at college. I let other people’s opinions sway my own.” – Jenny.
“No regrets.” – Charles V.
“In history, college kids are the ones that changed the world. Wished I changed the world somehow.” – Justin
“What would you have done differently these past years in college?”
“I would be involved in something” – Zaib
“I would have not have wasted so much money on buying food from school and out, mostly out. I wish I goofed off less. I wish I was more involved on THON; they had a lot of meetings so I couldn’t attend all of them”. – Priya
“Me too [ ^ ]. I wish I went to class more.” – Daveshu
“I wish I used a calendar for all the assignments I missed.” – Sasha
“Should of tried to meet newer people instead of being shy.” – Mike
“In the beginning I thought Abington wasn’t great campus and I compared it to other campuses; I couldn’t it compare it because the people made the campus. Its a wonderful place where people can grow. Even though it doesn’t have everything other campuses have. I would have tried to enjoy every moment more and wouldn’t complain.” – Roshan
“I wish I had taken a minor…also taking a loan out, because you realize “dang i got to pay this back?”. I wish I had paid attention more in classes”. – Jimmy
“Taking classes I didn’t really need.” – Chun (Prettyboy Floyd)
“I probably would’ve done more art.” – Emma
“I wish I hadn’t taken microbiology because I wasted a drop credit on a class I didn’t need.” – Liz
“I wish I was more involved and knew lots of people and had more things to do.” – Charles
“Getting involved in clubs.” – Matt
“I would have spread out my gen-eds so I could balance it out with the classes I have now.” – Jairus [that’s me]
“I would have taken less gen eds and more core classes.” – Steve A.
“Would not have changed anything.” – Charles V.
“Been more intentional about doing good to and for others.” – Justin
“What are you excited for in the future?”
“Japan! I’m excited for making long lasting friendships, networking with the companies I’ll be meeting with, and experiencing the Japanese culture.” – Bre
“Graduate school and driving, and turning 21 [turn up].” – Danielle
“Moving in and finally living in the same zipcode as Mike Zo, my significant other of 5 years! 🙂 – Colleen
“Excited for electrical engineering classes :D.” – Steve A.
“Season 4 episode 6 of Game of thrones on Sunday [May 11].” – Alvin
“Living on my own… terrifying and exciting at the same time :).” – Lauren
“Short term, I would say graduation, I want to see how that’ll turn out and who’s going to be there and all my accomplishments.” – Sherlyn
“I think I’m excited to just focus on my major itself and graduate with it. Not worry about all the useless extra classes I have to take…and then for UPark; I’m excited, nervous, scared, and sad all at the same time so that might be too many emotions.” – Zaib
“Pretty stoked for some more art.” – ‘Emma’
“I am excited to see what the future holds for everyone. To see where our path takes us, and which route we will all take. How our dreams hold up.” – Roshan
“I’m extremely excited for the summer and what it holds for me and most definitely excited for the next two years at UP!” – Shane
“I’m excited for this summer, to meet new people, spend more time with my family, work at my internship, and to start fall semester at UPark.” – Priya
“The next iPhone. Jk the upcoming Babies [for his family]. :).” – Charles V.
“Changing the world as a college grad :p.” – Justin
And of course, there were the funny responses too.
“Becoming undisputed king of the universe.” – Chris
“Getting married to some really hot guy I met through a prison dating site Jkjk.” – Angela
“Hopefully you’ll come over by then or able to hangout [I’m going over to kick his butt in Battlefield].” – Dan
“Becoming a billionaire.” – Zain
“What are you most proud of?”
“I’m most proud of the use of what I learned in school. Knowing that what I learned is actually helping and people are noticing.” – Justin
“I’m most proud of the long lasting friendships I made.” – Zaib
“I would say I’m proud of who I’ve become, I used to be a random student who just goes to class and goes home, but now I am involved on campus and rarely go home.” – Steve A.
“I am proud for doing clubs like Tazmania/SASA , even though I didn’t like it all the time, they taught me valuable skills about teamwork, and how to handle bad situations. To show was a real team is like. Hard work pays off, and seeing an end product of something.” – Roshan
“Proud of all the friends that I have made over the past few years! Because the friends that I made really made me a better person, in school and in life habits.” – Shane
I hope everyone has a safe and exciting summer and a bountiful future, you guys rock. Hopefully I can keep adding questions/answers to this as I get more feedback.