As the end of the semester approaches, I find myself to still be in disbelief that four years have already passed by and I am graduating from college this semester. Some semesters felt unbearably long while others seemed to have been over way too fast. In preparing to graduate, naturally I have been reminded of how I spent the last four years from the fun times to the difficult moments. I remember showing up as an out-of-state freshman that knew absolutely no one here. While it was scary, I found a club to join and it was there that I made my best friends that have stuck by my side since then through both the good and bad times. Of course studying and doing well in class is important as well, but I feel like my experiences outside of the classroom and the people that I have met are the most important takeaways from my time at IU.
From traveling to compete in fencing competitions to having get-togethers with my club members, I was able to make so many good memories that have really made my time here at IU so much better. If I had to offer a piece of advice to others, it would be to put yourself out there and try new things and meet new people. I had never even thought of trying fencing before, but upon joining the club to make friends I found myself both making a bunch of new friends and gaining a new activity that I enjoyed. There are so many clubs and interest groups on campus and I encourage new students to look into them and give some of them a try, even if it is something you have never thought of doing before. Because, in my opinion, the best and most important part of college is the people you meet and the new experiences you get to try out. So don’t be afraid to try something new, you never know what you will find!