I was walking to class earlier today when I saw a group of high school students and their parents gathered near the engineering quad on Busch, and the smile that formed on my face took me by surprise. It’s been a year, I realized. It’s been a whole year since I was in their footsteps, admitted and eager to get a glimpse of what would await me here at Rutgers. I can’t even begin to describe to prospective students how fast time goes by when in college. And while I know many of you, if not all, are eager to join “R” community, my words of advice are to cherish your last few months in school.
One year ago at this time, I was committed to Rutgers and doing everything possible to prepare for my freshman year. I was on top of everything college-related; I took care of housing, I eagerly sought out potential activities, places, classes of interest to me, and I joined about every Facebook group out there. Because I was early in the college decision-making process, excited and ready to go, I think I failed to really enjoy the end of my senior year. I found myself wanting to skip past graduation, summer, and even move-in, just because my college life was waiting to be explored.
Now that I’m here, now that it’s been a year since I fell in love with the idea of Rutgers, I am happy with the pace at which my freshman year is going. While I’m not ecstatic that these semesters seem to be flying by, I am certainly not sad. There’s something pretty rewarding about taking each day as it comes, as cliché as that sounds, without worrying about my next lab assignment, or that quiz I took last week. Every time I see prospective students on campus, I am reminded of where I was last year and think about where I will be in a year. And although these thoughts are exciting, they are not important in this very moment. So to those of you who are unsure about Rutgers, or even to those who cannot wait to begin their first semester, my advice is to enjoy where you are right now. Soak in the unfamiliar surroundings, they will become familar all too soon. You have four years to explore and succeed at the school of your dreams, and this is just the beginning.