Senior Year Reflection and Graduation

Senior Year Reflection and Graduation

I officially graduated from the University of Oregon on June 17, 2019. I cannot believe that my college career is over. It is crazy how fast four years flew by. It’s so bitter-sweet that college is over (more bitter because now I have to figure out what to do with my life). I remember starting this year and complaining practically everyday about how much I wish I could be done with school, but from the start of Spring term, I started saying how I didn’t want it all to come to an end. I’m not sure what’s next for me, but I’m excited for the next phase of my life.

Today, I reflect on my last year of college and graduation day!

Senior Year

When I started Fall term, I was not excited at all, mainly because I didn’t have my former boyfriend there with me. It was quite the transition, but I knew it would be a good thing. I went to Seaside and Astoria, Oregon for the first time and even stayed in an RV for the first time. I went to Portland quite a bit and visited Seattle. I turned 21 and drank A LOT (kidding). Lastly, I managed to sit through two full football games and rush the field at the end of one of the games! It was a really great last Fall term.

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Winter term was a struggle… specifically academically. Organic chemistry really kicked my butt and caused me to have A LOT of anxiety, but I managed to push through it. Hallelujah! Alongside Organic Chemistry, I was enrolled in Metabolism and Nutrition. This class was probably my favorite class I took in all of college (obviously because I want to do something with nutrition). To make Winter term even crazier, I got stuck in a freaking snow storm while driving from California back to Eugene. I was stuck on I-5 for 5 hours, extending my trip to 19 hours total! But hey, we got 4 snow days!

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I must say, I think Spring term was my favorite term out of all four years. I interned at HIV Alliance and was responsible for handing out clean needles and other supplies to hard core drug users. Before, I never would have associated myself with this group of people, but I’m really glad I did. I learned that I really shouldn’t judge these people because they are all so NICE and APPRECIATIVE! I was shocked and I felt bad that I was so judgmental before. I also started going out to the bars a lot more. Being social is pretty fun, but definitely expensive. Don’t know where all my money went. I feel like I got closer to a lot of different people. Ultimate Frisbee was a blast and I’m so glad that I was able to participate in it for all four years. Although we weren’t great this year, it was still so fun to get closer to the people on my team. Probably the biggest change this term was my break up with my boyfriend of two years. It was a really big decision that I had to make, but I know that it was the best decision for MYSELF. It led me to a great boy from Chemistry class (more about that later). Spring term was AMAZING. This whole year was AMAZING.

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Graduation 

Graduation day was honestly a blur. I woke up extremely early just to go to the bars (a senior tradition). I went with Marcus, my roommate and Jake, my friend from frisbee. After the bars, we met up with some friends before we marched with all the other seniors to the big ceremony. After the big ceremony, I had my Human Physiology Department ceremony. I was so nervous and boiling the whole time. Nervous because I hate walking across the stage and being in the spotlight. Boiling because it was so hot sitting in the sun with a freaking cap and gown on. I don’t even remember hearing my name called and walking across the stage (pretty sure I blacked out). After graduation I met up with my family and friends and took a bunch of photos! Graduation was a dream and I’m so grateful for the people who were there to support me. Although I didn’t want to walk, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t. If you’re graduating in the future, I highly recommend walking. It’s a celebration of all of your accomplishments!

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I’m still in denial that college is over. I honestly had the best experience the past four years. No wonder people say “College was the best four years of my life!” because I think it was. Sad it’s over, but happy to see what’s next. Thanks for following me and my  college journey!

~Taylor

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