Senior Column: Student recalls the struggles & joys of time at Castleton

It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent four years here at Castleton. I remember in high school when I got accepted, running through the halls sarcastically boasting about my big feat. I had no idea that in a short amount of time I would consider Castleton my second home.

I’ve been a part of clubs and teams, watched world records be made and plans come together, had a kick-ass internship, been editor of the paper, and so much in-between.

I’ve met some amazing people during my time here who have undoubtedly shaped my life and whom I owe many thanks to. Most important of those is a great group of girls who I got lucky enough to live with over the course of my three years on campus who have become more like sisters than roommates.

I would be lying if I said that I never had some stressful times at Castleton. Girls can be mean. Paper work is ridiculous. And I’m cutting it close by taking the Quantitative Reasoning Test this afternoon. Everyone on campus needs to cross his or her fingers for me. And the real kicker, the year I live off campus is the year we get decent food. Thank you Castleton!

I am so happy to leave on Dec. 20, but I can’t help to think of the one person who has affected my life the most, yet is unable to share the joy of my accomplishments. My mother passed away when I was 16-years-old and has missed a large chunk of moments in my life.  So when I walk across the stage in May to accept the degree I have worked extremely hard for the last four years, it won’t only be for me, but also for her and everyone else in my family who has supported me along the way.

Before I go though, there are a few things I need to share with you all; Important things that I wish someone who have told me when I first got here. First, be as involved as you can. Join clubs and student organizations. Second, graduating is scary. Looking for jobs is even more frightening. Start looking early because chances are you’ll get numerous rejection e-mails.

And the most valuable lesson I can tell you is to enjoy your time here. Get to know your teachers, take a class you want just for fun, sled down the hill by Ellis at least once. If you’re 20 credits away from graduating, do not take 20 credits to get out of here a semester early. Castleton isn’t that bad of a place so stay a while!