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Integrated Learning Center at UMass on a gray day, seen across the Campus Pond

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: time really does fly. In only a mere six weeks, I will be packing up my Central dorm room and heading back to my Connecticut hometown. This summer, I will most likely be a Guest Services Associate at a local country club again, the same as last year. My family has planned a small trip to Martha’s Vineyard and Canada, and I look forward most to relaxing and (hopefully) being able to sleep in. While I cannot wait to have four months to not worry about schoolwork, I also know how much I will miss being at UMass.

Come fall, I will be halfway through my collegiate career. It will be time to worry about internships, studying abroad, and so much more. I will be in an apartment, hopefully knowing how to cook for myself by then. While I feel old, I hope that I’ve been nothing but advantageous with my time here, as it seems to have flown by.

Your college days are long, but the weeks go by fast. It's far too easy to occupy yourself with trivial things, but I strongly advise you not to do that (no matter where you end up). Luckily, people also grow to realize what’s important to them during their college years. You learn that problems you might have considered drastic in high school are actually pretty minute in the grand scheme of things. Living without the comfort of your hometown and family helps you learn tremendous things about yourself that you didn’t know before.

My advice, having been a college student for almost two years now, is to use as many resources as you can on campus. Even by the time you reach junior year, you will realize how many resources there are that you should’ve taken better advantage of. Your time here goes by quickly, so make the most of it.

 

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