By Anthony Santino
It’s hard to believe, but my college days are almost over. Not a single cell in my body wants to believe it. That might sound dramatic of me, considering I’m only at the beginning of my senior year with about 200 days to go, but it’s true.
I’m going to miss being in college more than I could possibly describe. I can already see a 30-year-old version of myself commuting to work (hopefully to a job I love) and saying, “No matter how good (or bad) my life is right now, I wish I could just go out tonight with my buddies at school.”
But it’s not all about going out, of course. Aside from being social at Sacred Heart, I’ve learned so much in and out of the classroom that I could write a book on my experiences if I ever find the energy for it.
It’s such a bummer to think about how I’ll say goodbye to this university in May, but there’s a part of me that embraces leaving. It’s a weird confidence, but I think I’m ready for what’s next.
Change isn’t always easy, but it’s usually worth it in the long run. Right before my first relationship, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it. When I accepted my first internship at a national news program, I wasn’t sure if I’d be competent. But when all was said and done, I enjoyed my relationship and I did my job well.
Even when I accepted my first position for the Spectrum editorial board as an Assistant Sports Editor, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle it. Nearly three years later, I’m still writing and editing for the paper and I’m happy I decided to take that chance.
Even the newspaper itself has evolved with new, interested members each year as well as the new look it’s sporting this year.
Seeing how Spectrum has grown during the short time I’ve been around is just another example of why I feel change is good. It’s all growth, and that’s a good thing.
On the subject of change at Sacred Heart, what about the campus? Over the three years I’ve been here at least four new facilities have been built and SHU has grown exponentially. Who knows–by the year 2030, Sacred Heart might own a space station, or a lunar campus.
All of the advances the school has made in recent years clearly illustrates the benefits of change. Even for a university like Sacred Heart with an endowment of over $100 million, undertaking all of these projects is a risk. Things can go wrong and there’s a lot to rely on, but SHU does it anyway because the possibility of the best outcome—a stronger university—is worth taking those steps.
Whether for a university or an individual, change is often scary. We might find ourselves in comfort zones that keep us from seeing the best of what’s out there.
I’m still in the mindset that college will be the best time of my life, but who knows? Maybe I’ll make a life for myself that exceeds even my own expectations and hopes. After all, everyone has that potential.