By Giovanna Gatto
Managing Editor (Editorial)
Hello loyal Spectrum readers! First of all, I would like to welcome myself back to the She Said column. After a short international adventure, I have returned as an intermittent writer.
The He Said She Said column will now rotate! My voice as well the rest of the Spectrum staff will dive into some of the crucial topics of our world, or at least whatever grinds our gears.
As some of you may have noticed there have also been some changes to our traditional newspaper format. Tada! And with all this revamping it only seems fitting to discuss the highs and lows of inevitable change.
As my counterpart of the week has mentioned, this is the beginning of the end for both of us as we enter our bittersweet senior year. While it will surely be filled with laughs and memories, it’s also the gateway to the rest of my life. Yikes.
As a college student, the topic of a career has always been in the back of my mind. While my pipe dream as a professional napper will always be the ultimate goal, the time has come for me to enjoy these final moments with my beloved university.
Change and myself have a love-hate relationship. Last semester, I packed up and moved to Switzerland for four months. There were plenty of ups and downs during my travels, but it was a great learning experience. I learned about life and about myself. Leaving behind what I knew was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced.
Yet creating a new life out there was something that I am still trying to understand. I saw things that I had only dreamed of before and I faced challenges that sometimes felt impossible. However, through personal reflection following my trip, I now see that my experiences helped me to better accept change. I learned that change is just a part of life. It’s inevitable.
While I would love to be a young undergraduate forever, my time has come. And so I welcome the class of 2021. You guys are truly lucky. The campus that you walk on now is nowhere near the same campus that I came to for my freshmen year way back when. Sacred Heart has always been a place of change, growth and movement.
As a respected elder in the university community, please take my advice and cherish your time here. The moment will come when you want to complain about parking and about not finding a seat at Linda’s, but do not let that taint your experience here.
Sacred Heart is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. So grow with it–grow as a person. Before you know it you too will be entering your senior year just as jealous as I am right now.
With all of this change going on around me, I can’t help but use it as a way to prepare myself for the things to come.
While change is sometimes scary and may be as difficult as moving thousands of miles away, it can also be something positive that opens doors for new, greater opportunities.
So as my undergraduate career closes, the rest of my life begins.