This column will be published on the last day of class. When Tyler, the opinion editor, told me I could write a column for today, I obviously thought a long time about what would be the most appropriate.
To me, the last day of class, or LDOC, while first and foremost a flood of relief, has always been a day of reflection before the darties begin. Who was I a year ago today? And where do I stand today? I’ll be a senior next semester. Two years ago, I was hired to start writing columns for The Daily Tar Heel over the summer between first and sophomore year. This coming year will be my last of writing columns about my experiences within the UNC community.
I always rolled my eyes when I heard older students or recent grads I knew tell me: “Enjoy every second of college, it goes by so fast!”
It was easy for them to miss, I always thought, considering they weren’t the ones writing 10-page papers every other week or getting rejected from internships. But now I know, as I watch my senior friends get ready for graduation, it does go by fast. Even now, one year out from graduation, I find myself thinking of all the things I’ve yet to do here.
Next year will be the last chance to try a lot of traditions unique to UNC. A few weeks ago, I attended my first-ever non-basketball sporting event at school. I watched UNC play N.C. State and was given a T-shirt upon walking in. After being informed that this is a semi-regular occurrence for sporting events, I turned to my best friend and said: “Why haven’t I gone to more games?” I love free shirts, but I was confronted with the realization that there are quite a few rites of passages I have yet to experience here.