Senior Send-Off: Advice to Future Graduates

As my time at Sacred Heart University comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the journey that has brought me to this moment. To all the underclassmen of SHU, as you continue on your own paths at this incredible university, I want to share some words of wisdom and advice that I’ve gathered along the way.

First and foremost, cherish every moment. These years will fly by faster than you can imagine. Embrace the late-night study sessions, the campus events, the spontaneous adventures with friends, and everything in between. Take the time to appreciate the beauty of this campus, the diversity of thought among your peers, the moments you share with your friends and classmates, and the wealth of knowledge offered by your professors. All of it will truly mean something to you one day.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. College is a time for growth, both academically and personally. Be involved with the university, whether it’s in greek life, sports, or clubs, because one day you won’t have that option. Take risks, try new things, get involved and push yourself to explore areas outside of your comfort zone. Whether it’s joining a new club, studying abroad, or taking on a challenging course, these experiences will shape you in ways you never thought possible.

Remember to prioritize self-care. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of college life, but don’t forget to take care of yourself along the way. Make time for activities that bring you joy, whether it’s exercising, watching your favorite show, reading for pleasure, or simply spending time with your friends. Your mental and physical health should always come first.

Build meaningful relationships. Some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in college have come from the friendships I’ve formed along the way. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, support you, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. These relationships will mean so much to you and shape you into the person you become. I know that the friendships I’ve built along the way will last a lifetime and they have given me some of the best memories that I’ll remember forever.

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. College is a time of immense growth and discovery, but it’s also a time of inevitable setbacks and challenges. Embrace the ups and downs. Remember that it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to have a bad day, and it’s okay for things to not go as planned. Use those failures and setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. Believe in yourself, stay true to your values, and never lose sight of your dreams. Always stay positive and continue striving to accomplish your goals. Invision it, put in the effort and just watch all your dreams come true!

As I prepare to start this next chapter of my life, I am filled with gratitude for the memories, experiences, learnings and lessons that these past four years have given me. To the underclassmen of SHU, I wish you all the best as you continue your own adventures. Remember to cherish every moment while you can and make the most of it!

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