Posted on 05 May 2014.
Finals are all ready, stress levels are high and it seems like everyone you talk to is a little on edge. Welcome to the end of the semester.
While this time of year has become a routine for us, do you ever take time to reflect on the year that you’re about to finish?
For most of us this time of year is a sprint to summer.
We do our best to cram all the information into our heads that we need to pass, we try and go out one last time before we leave for the summer or for our futures, and most of all it seems like every second of our time is busy. Making sure you get everything done is extremely important but we should all take a moment to reflect on the school year we are about to finish.
Just look at all that has gone on this year on our campus in the past school year. This was the year that we had many strikes over departments being cut; some were saved but unfortunately there are some that received that fatal blow.
Just last semester, groups around campus fought for whatever money they could get after the Student Government Association announced their budget cuts, due to an extreme decrease in enrollment. It was the first time that the voices section took up a majority of the paper.
This year was the first time that Edinboro University opened its doors for the public to stay in after homecoming and after an open house. For some, these were genius ideas for the university, while for others it showed a sign of our weaknesses.
As a whole, this school year has been full of ups and downs. We celebrated successes like lowering the rate of out-of-state tuition and having our university named as one of the top online education programs in the country.
At the same time, we had the task of accepting the loss of some great professors due to their positions being eliminated and our enrollment declining.
We often think that nothing ever goes on here, but when we take a moment to reflect on all that goes on in the span of just 10 months of school you realize that isn’t true. The truth is things happen at Edinboro all the time; sometimes we’ll remember these moments forever and some we’ve already forgotten.
In some of these moments, we felt such strong emotions, but for what? Sure some of the strikes saved departments and maybe some clubs got more money because they begged for their lives but in the end we’ve all already moved on.
The funny thing about college is we all experience moments that have a huge impact on us at the time and that will all eventually fade into memories, yet we continue to express ourselves because having our voices heard has always mattered to us.
We all want to be a part of something that matters, even in just a small way.
Like it or not, this semester is coming to a close. Soon, finals will be over and we’ll all be ready to embrace summer or face the realities of the real world.
Before you rush to do so, take a moment to think about all you have done this school year because while those moments might seem trivial now, there was a time when those moments might have been the most important things to you.