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The Best Days of My Life

May 2010 | by Tara Wellman '10

A senior editorial featured in the April 29 edition of The Buzz.

You know those things in life that you just don't ever want to end? A night out with the best friends in the world, a phone call with someone special, a good dream, your favorite TV series, or a chocolate-dipped waffle bowl filled with Cold Stone's "Strawberry blond" ice cream (all right, maybe that's just me, but you get the idea). There are just some things that never seem to last long enough.

I'd always heard that college would be one of those things. Yet after struggling through my freshman and sophomore years at a community college, I wasn't sure I believed it. Then I transferred to Ambrose. Yep, college most definitely is one of those things. And now that this, too, is coming to an end, I don't know quite how to handle it.

On one hand, I'm excited. I'm going to be a college graduate! I made it through all the long hours of studying, all the nerve-racking presentations, and each and every final exam. I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I could make it in the media world. Things I only imagined I might do came true as I learned the ways of live TV broadcasts, morning radio shows, and late afternoon copy editing for the Buzz.

With the help of my "family" in the communication department, I feel fully confident that I have the experience necessary to go out into the real world (yikes!) and begin my career. I would take the time to thank you all individually, but I don't have space enough for all the things I'd want to say. So just know that if you've been a part of my time here, you've been a part of giving me the experience of a lifetime, and preparing me for whatever the future may hold. Because of you, I can be excited about pursuing my dreams.

At the same time, though, I don't want it to be over.

Even with all that I have had the opportunity to do, I still feel like there is so much more yet to be done! I know there is more I can learn. There are always more stories to write, more news packages to edit, or basketball broadcasts to direct. While I know I won't miss the late nights writing a last minute paper, I will miss the friendships and the experiences. I will miss the professors who influenced me more than they'll ever know. I'll miss the people I spent every other weekend with working on the Buzz. I'll miss Nacho Wednesdays and the Jamaican Jammer smoothies from the Rogalski center, too.

Plus, I won't lie - the real world is much more intimidating than our little world here at SAU. Potential employers won't see their job opening as a "learning opportunity." Bigger pay checks often are followed by bigger bills (student loans, anyone?). Just being a full-time adult brings on a whole new level of responsibility and pressure to succeed.

But beyond all of the unknowns of the future, I am most going to miss just being a college student at St. Ambrose. It has been everything I hoped for, plus much that I never expected. I am even a different person than I was the first day I stepped on campus. I have confidence that I never knew before, I've found a passion that can make me one of those people with a job they love, and I'm surrounded by people who made the biggest, most lasting mark on my college experience. These have been the best days of my life. Who would want that to end?

Sadly, it must. And while there might be a few tears come graduation day, I'll be able to smile, knowing these memories won't be forgotten. And while I can't imagine enjoying the next step any more than I've enjoyed this one, I know that life must move on. So, I end my journey here, embracing the wise words of the one-and-only Dr. Seuss - "Don't cry because it's because it happened."

Courtesy of The Buzz

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