Reflections from a senior

Soon it will all be over.

My time as an Eastern Eagle is about to end, and I have absolutely no regrets.

That’s how your college experience should be. As I sit and look back upon the last four years, I remember them as being some of the best of my life.

In college, the possibilities are endless. Here you are, amidst countless others who in the name of education have gathered for a common goal: to learn.

But that learning process does not end in the classroom. College is a parade of life-changing events, one following after another. It is also a time for you to find yourself in a confusing and often cruel world. College is a place where you can mingle with others en route to discovering truth and enlightenment.

Some of the best conversations of my life have occurred in the dorms at 3 a.m. I learned more from dialogue and discussions than I did in 18 years of church. College is a time where searching and wrestling with new ideas is greatly valued.

College is also a place to forge wonderful relationships with professors. I credit two of them for single-handedly guiding me down the road of journalism. An ordinary conversation with Kevin Miller, from Huntington University, sparked my initial interest in newswriting and reporting. From there I traveled to Eastern, where Joyce Munro has sculpted and solidified my love for journalism. They have become my friends, and I really appreciate their patience and guidance throughout the years. Get to know your professors; trust me, they’re interested in you.

Some young people do not get the chance to attend college, and I am very blessed to have had this opportunity. I could not have done it without the help and love of my parents, Dr. John and Jody Sanders. Their support throughout the years has helped me through this coming-of-age process. I thank them for pushing me and helping me pursue my goals.

As this chapter in my life closes, I look on to the next one with apprehension and excitement. However, I enjoy looking back on those endless nights of time well-spent with my friends. I am sad that it’s over, but I am grateful for the experience and will remember it forever.

I have no regrets.

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