This is it everyone – I graduated! Last week was a long week of events, and this week has been mostly saying goodbye to beloved friends. Moving on is really hard to grasp right now despite all the events (read: graduation) that should have clued me in, and I think that is because I feel so comfortable at Tufts.
Last week felt like the reverse of orientation week and it wrapped up my college experience really well. After a challenging 4 years, it was so much fun to have all of my friends stress-free and energized to go to all the events.
After 4 years of building relationships, it feels great to feel secure in the Tufts community. I found a home on the hill that will last forever. I loved walking around the senior week events being surrounded old and new friends. But coupled with security is simplicity, and I’m too ambitious to take the simple route. I finally exhausted my motivation to keep up insane hours to do all the academics and extra-curriculars that I have done in the past, and I think it’s because I am running out of creative and new ideas for my Tufts experience (*Let the record show that I never thought this day would come). I’ve joined great clubs and made everlasting friends, but now that it’s easy, it’s time to move on. One of my favorite professors was quite succinct and blunt with her advice to me after we had dinner last week. Her parting words were “Camille, be brave.” I intend to do just that as I go on to the next adventure.
That being said, I have a lot of people to thank who got me here! I learned a lot, even just through this blog because it forced me to be introspective about Tufts life. I realized there are a lot of parallels between senior year of high school and college, except now my future is less structured (yay moving to California!) If you are super bored reading this, go back to the very beginning of my blog posts to get a sense of what it was like to be an underclassman.
Good luck to all the incoming freshmen and rising high school seniors! I hope some of these insights over the past couple years have been helpful in clarifying what it means to be a Tufts student. As my own parting wisdom, I encourage you to also be introspective and be brave. To my friends and acquaintances who read these posts, don’t be a stranger even if I am moving to LA! I truly care to keep in touch.
All the best,