It's that time of year again! Students are getting their equivalent-to-Hogwarts acceptance letters from the Admissions office. Indeed I have seen a few faces around, but I'm more excited to see when they actually get here during the accepted students days and get a real feel for the college, like I did 3 years ago.
Time to get sentimental:
When I got my SMC acceptance letter as well as a scholarship letter, I was thrilled. I couldn't have been happier. College never felt so real until I had that letter physically in my hands. I remember my accepted students day and the academic fair in Ross: that's where I met Cathy Hurst (one of my Theatre professors), where she invited me to see the Spring mainstage "Appetite". It was my first real college theatre experience, and it sparked even more curiosity and excitement to start my college journey. To this day, it was all I expected and more. There are so many memories I've made. I've laughed, cried, loved, and lost. I've made life long friends and established connections that will help me when I venture into the great unknown of that of the real world. Most of all, I've found myself and am molded into the person I am and will still become because of my time here.
And to you, class of 2019 (with those 4 numbers making me feel so very old), look forward to the best years of your life. Don't be afraid to leave high school behind because greener pastures await you. There's a lot of work involved and it's extremely tough at times, both mentally and physically. You'll cave into exhaustion from late night papers and realize you've become a coffee addict and cram for exams and wonder why you've chosen the path of education for another 4 years.
But you'll laugh. You'll laugh and cry like I did. The memories will last a lifetime and you'll never regret your time here, even through all of your struggles. And you'll look back on your choice in 5 or 10 or 50 years from now, well on your way to a career or retirement (if it is 50 years from now) and think "wow, I made that choice. I made the right decision".
Welcome! Class of 2019. We'll be waiting for you.