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Senior Year

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Senior year—what a weird time. Your last year of college is so many things: exciting, different, stressful, sentimental. In my last semester ever as a college student, I have felt every feeling known to man. And now that I begin my job search, I am excited. I am also nervous and scared. Excited because of the idea of fending for myself and starting the next chapter of life is riveting. Scared because I have to put myself out there; I have to be confident and fight for the career I want. That can be scary. What if I try my hardest but still don’t get the job I want? 

As I am just beginning this process, I am realizing that I am going to get rejected—but that is okay. The company that rejects me wasn’t meant to be the company I work for. I could compare this to what I have learned about relationships. If the guy you like does not show or tell you that he wants you back, then brush it off. And move on. There is no point in fighting for someone who doesn’t want you. Just like if after interviewing for a position you want and trying the best you possibly can, you don’t get another call-back, then it’s okay: brush it off, and move on. Your career is out there. You just have to find its beginning point.

Besides starting the job hunt, I am realizing in my senior year how much my perspective of college has changed. I used to walk around campus feeling so small; as I have made many connections over the years, the campus began to feel even smaller and smaller.

Now, I feel at home. I feel as though I found my people and my confidence has skyrocketed. I believe in myself as much as my friends and family do and that is something that took working on, but it became easier once I began to grow and learn here at James Madison University. Today, I walk around campus feeling as if I know what to expect. As a senior, I cherish all the memories I have made here. I have not only been taught academics—I have grown up here. I have learned how to be on my own. I have learned how to make connections that will last a lifetime. And I have learned how to be happy on my own.

College is not only about learning what is taught in your classes. It’s about setting you up for the real world, which I believe this school has done for me. College is a special place with special opportunities. If I were to give any advice to the underclassmen and incoming freshmen, it would be to take advantage of all of those opportunities. Colleges offer so much and it is all to better your life and your career. If you spend 4 years just trying to pass and just get by, that’s okay, but if you take your four years and jump on any and all opportunity presented to you, you will come out of school with a stable head on your shoulders, ready to take on the real world.

Be excited, be scared, be nervous. Senior year is pretty cool.

 

By Hannah Sternberg

Hannah is a rising Senior at James Madison University majoring in the School of Media Arts and Design with a concentration of Broadcast Journalism. She works for her schools weekly newscast called Breeze TV as a reporter. Her dream is to become a reporter but she also enjoys the entertainment production industry. One of her favorite things to do to relieve stress is dancing. 

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